The Demonologist

The Demonologist - Andrew Pyper David Ullman is a professor and has spent his life studying literature about demons. He is particularly interested in Milton's Paradise Lost. From the very beginning he finds himself identifying with Milton what he does not know is that this identification will later lead him on a journey in which everything he has come to view as theory will be revealed to exist. It's one thing to notice evil in this world, but what happens when that evil notices you back?It is the end of the semester and David is asked to travel to Venice to give an expert opinion. Not only will this trip be all expenses paid but it comes with a payment equal to a third of his yearly salary. This is not enough to tempt David until his wife informs him that their marriage is over. David hops on a plane with his daughter Tess, not expecting that this trip will put him to the test and potentially cost him that which he loves the most - his daughter. The Demonologist is not the sort of book that you can fall asleep to because it demands your attention from the very beginning. The themes are extremely complex and though Pyper avoids the use of academic language, the themes he explores absolutely require critical thought. It is the sort of book that will leave you questioning long after you finish the last page. Because this horror is based on demons, to those who at least have a passing belief in the unseen world, The Demonologist will be terrifying. The tension slowly builds and each visitation of a demon becomes more and more intense. It's the kind of book that you think twice about reading at night and that makes The Demonologist the best kind of horror. It is quite startling because at first, it reads like a book which could have been written by Dan Brown, and then shifts into something that is filled with Pypers own unique and talented voice.The characters were extremely well developed, complex and easy to identify with. David in particularly was very well written and as he began to question everything he believed to be true, as a reader, I was compelled to take this journey into darkness with him. O'Brien could simply have been a character for David to save, as often happens when a woman is the side kick to a man, but instead she made it clear from the very beginning that each decision she made was on her own terms and that she absolutely did not want to be protected no matter the horror that they faced. That it was O'Brien in the end who set David on the path back to normalcy really spoke strongly about her role to this story.Read More