Amy Lukavics’s debut novel, Daughters Unto Devils, is as if, as another reviewer suggests, “Stephen King wrote Little House On The Prairie” -Cat Winters.
The novel is written in first person from the point of view of Amanda, the eldest daughter in a family of seven total. Amanda is convinced she has seen the devil and her family struggles from this knowledge even a year later as they move from their mountain home to an empty prairie to avoid another isolating – and maddening – winter.
After being blown away by Lukavic’s second standalone, I was excited to read this one, but ended up a little disappointed. The novel is a quick read, I myself read it a few hours, and it a far more subtle brand of horror than what I was expecting. However, I believe that my disappointment came from having different expectations of the story. This is not a “possessed, innocent farm girl” story, this is a slow burn of psychological torture of a young woman who has been taken advantage of.
To say much more would be to give away the few twists and devastating moments within the book, but I will say that is was chilling and even disturbing throughout. For a debut novel, it was good, though feels like a debut. Lukavics has definitely found a better tone and pace through her second book, The Women in the Walls.
Fans of the films The Witch or It Follows should give this novel a read, as it is certainly in line with those titles.