Boys in the Valley, a review by Shelley

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Philip Fracassi

Tor Publishing Group | Tor Nightfire
Publication Date: July 11th, 2023
352 Pages
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Oh my goodness this book was horrifyingly terrific, my first by this author and it was awesome. This is a story about an orphanage, run by the Catholic Church, that becomes the site of demonic possession. This isn’t your typical good vs. evil story as the demons possess many children, and even though it has Lord of the Flies and The Exorcist vibes, Fracassi makes it uniquely his own. This was an emotional story as I couldn’t decide if the lives the children were living at the orphanage was the true horror story or if it was being possessed by demons…Are the adults, mostly priests, the true demons?

This is weird to say about a horror story but it is very character driven as we learn about the harsh reality of an orphan life in the early twentieth century. I was captivated by the large cast of characters, their backstories and their current situation. I couldn’t help but feel for them and cheer them on as they fight for their lives against the massive, hidden evil. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading this. It is a very fast-paced, easy read and I loved the ending. I will definitely be reading more of this author’s work. If you like historical fiction with a horror twist and a little gore thrown in this is a book for you!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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