How do I even get my dates wrong when I have a calendar? I don’t know how, but I did it again. Anyway, Hellcorp is a dark and twisty crime novel with the Devil as the leading man and God as Game-master…
Genre: Thriller | Humour
Year Of Publication: 5th July 2018
Publisher: Urbane Publications
My rating: 3 stars
Thank you Love Books Group and the publishers for a copy of this book.
Sometimes even the Devil deserves a break! Life is hard for The Devil and he desperately wants to take a holiday. Growing weary from playing the cosmic bad guy, he resolves to set up a company that will do his job for him so the sins of the world will tick over while he takes a vacation. God tells him he can have his vacation just as soon as he solves an ancient crime. But nothing is ever easy and before long he is up to his pitchfork in solving murders, desperate to crack the case so he can finally take the holiday he so badly needs… [Goodreads blurb]
The premise was intriguing and interesting, I loved that for once we were able to see the Devil in a different light (sic) and exploring his other sides. I liked that we were able to see the interaction between him and God as well, but in terms of the actual plot of the story it was quite confusing, all over the place and it fell flat for me.
The characters were a lot of fun to be around and their interactions were fun, quirky and usually full of sarcasm and wit, sometimes a bit too much. The storytelling is meant to be funny and sarcastic, and although I do enjoy that, too much of it can be difficult to digest, just like a triple chocolate cake and that’s why I struggle to connect with the characters on an emotional level. I found Gideon to be a bit flat, to begin with, but the funny doctor found a way to worm itself into my graces and in the end, I appreciated her character development.
This novel does a great job at commenting on social, political and philosophical matters, as well as the old dichotomy of good versus evil. Overall, I did enjoy this book and I would recommend it if dark and humorous crime novels are what you are looking for.
About the author:
Jonathan Whitelaw is an author, journalist and broadcaster. After working on the frontline of Scottish politics, he moved into journalism. Subjects he has covered have varied from breaking news, the arts, culture and sport to fashion, music and even radioactive waste – with everything in between. He’s also a regular reviewer and talking head on shows for the BBC and STV. ‘HellCorp’ is his second novel following his debut, ‘Morbid Relations’.
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