Speak of the Devil, a review by Shelley

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Rose Wilding

St. Martin’s Press | Minotaur Books
Publication Date: June 13th, 2023
304 Pages
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This book was better than I thought it would be after reading some of the reviews. It is a really dark book with plenty of subjects discussed; we have a murder (beheading) rape, transphobia, spousal abuse, gaslighting, suicide and marital affairs. This isn’t light reading, to say the least. It has a lot of strong female characters and if feminist revenge is your thing this is the book for you. I love a good book about a bunch of women who have had enough and aren’t gonna take it anymore.

Some reviewers have mentioned that there are a lot of characters to keep track of and it is hard to keep them all straight. I had this problem at first but once I got into the swing of things it became easier. The individual voices eventually become clearly defined as it is told from each character’s point of view and they get their own chapters so the reader gets to know them and learns of their backstory because the timeline goes back and forth as well.

As the story weaves on, we eventually learn that the women are all connected in some way through the male character these women all have in common. His name is Jamie and he is a douche canoe. I did figure out the ending before it was revealed but not much before so I still got my aha moment. This was a pretty strong debut and I look forward to reading what this author comes up with next.

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

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