Speak of the Devil by Britney King
Thank you to the author and Enticing Journey Book Promotions for my free advance copy and for allowing me to participate in the blog tour. All opinions are my own.
Goodreads Synopsis: Speak of the Devil is a captivating, darkly satiric psychological thriller which offers readers another savage look into a utopian cultish society where beauty and perfection are valued at all costs and it’s best to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
In the upscale suburb where Vanessa Bolton lives, she’s your average suburban housewife.
She does her grocery shopping on Tuesday, Thursday mornings are reserved for Pilates, Sundays for church. At home, she’s an impeccable housekeeper and a mother with a mediocre track record.
But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the city, she can be whatever you want her to be—provided you can afford the hourly fee.
In the rapidly expanding cult to which she belongs, Vanessa has been assigned the role of a “Siren”—a recruiter trained to use seduction to elicit compliance from her marks.
Vanessa’s latest assignment—an unsuspecting chemist merely looking for something without strings—proves to be her toughest yet. Unwilling to neatly slide into the roles society has prescribed for them, the two collide in a sensual and savage affair that threatens not only their own lives but also those they seek to protect most.
Featuring “tantalizing suspense, pulse-pounding danger, sex, and double-dealing,” Speak of the Devil is a timely and riveting psychological thriller that is impossible to put down.
Review: I could get lost in the world of New Hope Church over and over again and never grow tired of meeting all of its different members. What’s great about this series is you can pick up anywhere without feeling like you’ve missed out on half of the story line. That being said, I would urge you to read them in the order they were released so you can fully appreciate the clever web Britney King weaves. Bonus points if you’ve also read her Water trilogy. The first book in the New Hope series is The Social Affair and the second (and my favorite of the three) is The Replacement Wife.
With each novel, you learn a little more about the behind-the-scene ongoings of the church. This installment takes a look at the world’s oldest profession. We meet Vanessa in The Replacement Wife, but members of the church are never who they appear to be, and Vanessa is no exception. King’s novels always alternate between the lead male and female character; Vanessa’s point of view was my favorite to read from in Speak of the Devil. Her characters are pretty much always unlikeable, but you grow to love them anyway. In this case, I didn’t always like the unlikeable male lead and sometimes found his chapters less enjoyable. Knowing that I would always get back to Vanessa allowed me to power through, and he did grow on me by the second half.
Even though there was a bit of foreshadowing to the ending now that I look back on it, I still didn’t see that “epilogue” coming. That and the way the trilogy wrapped up as a whole felt like the perfect end to the series, although as I said, I’d be happy to read more.
Britney King’s writing is smart and provocative with just the right amount of dark humor. The New Hope Church series is the cult classic of our time, and should be required reading for all psychological thriller fans.
“My father likes to say, if you leave things to chance, you shouldn’t be surprised when what you get is chaos.”
-Britney King, Speak of the Devil
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Hot Banana Press
Publication Date: October 4, 2018
Page Count: 262
Overall Rating: 4/5
Read the Prologue for free here.
For more information on the author and the series see my previous post.