Friday, September 6, 2013

The Demon's Wife - by Rick Hautala - A Novel of the Supernatural and Attempted Redemption

4 of 5 Stars    Review Copy

On March 31st, 2012 writer Rick Hautala picked up a Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Acheivement, no one could possibly know that just shy of a year later Rick would be gone, taken from his family and the horror writing community at large by a heart attack in March of this year.

Prior to his passing, JournalStone Publications announced a two book deal with Rick and The Demon's Wife is the first of those two books.

Clair McMullen spends her days cooped up in a small office "her only lifelines to the 'real world' were cruising Facebook and listening to WXPN, a radio station from Philly that she streamed over the computer."  I loved that Clair listened to what is likely the best listener supported music station in the country that's right here in Philly.  How a New England native like Rick came to know about WXPN is anyone's guess.

I was immediately drawn to the concept behind The Demon's Wife and that was solidified by Rick's smooth writing style.  When Clair meets Samael she has no idea he's a demon.  The reader, however, is in on the fact that what Claire believes to be happening on the night she meets Samael is not what really happened, but we can't do much about that, other than let Claire figure things out for herself and by then, she and Samael are both hopelessly and helplessly in love.

Not everyone in Samael's world is happy about what is happening to their old co-worker, and that leads to plenty of conflict for the story.  

At times charming and often horrifying, The Demon's Wife  is a thoroughly enjoyable read that got better and better, to where I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.  Although there is no Fairy Tale ending for our happy couple, their love is strong and I wish them the best.

The official release date for The Demon's Wife is September 13, 2013, but it looks to be available now in a variety of formats from and

I can definitely recommend you add this one to your To Be Read list.

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