Review of Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

November 23, 2016

 

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.

 

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