Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
Star rating: ★★★★ ☆ 4/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Amanda is trying to forget the hard winter of the year before by any means that she can. Her distraction mainly takes the form of Henry, a boy from town. Soon she finds herself pregnant and moving with her family from their mountain home to the prairie. Her biggest worries of her parents discovering her baby shift when they arrive at their new home which is covered inside with blood.
Review: I had a real good time with this book, it was short but I thought the horror was really successful. It was creepy and suspenseful in all the right places. It’s a little short in my opinion but I thought the story was pretty damn solid so it doesn’t bother me.
I thought the family dynamic was interesting, I was left a little confused as to why everyone was uncomfortable with Amanda. She didn’t tell her parents about what she saw so I’m lost, was it that she was sick? Like she wasn’t as strong as her mom who gave birth while real sick so she’s weak and now it’s time to shun her? Super lost over it. It provided good tension but it didn’t make any sense to me.
I don’t know where the leap from her father getting directions from people in town turned into Henry gave them to him. I don’t know why Amanda suddenly thought that it was Henry and that he was purposefully trying to send them into danger. It seemed like a strange leap and I didn’t see any reason that Amanda should have believed that.
I like that it’s not really cleared up as to whether there is a demon in Amanda or not. I don’t feel like there were any strong indication that there was. Maybe it was a metaphor? Although the prairie demon thing was not all that metaphorical. I don’t know but I wish that it had been a whole lot clearer about what was going on with her.
The build in this book is great, it really made the horror of it successful. If you’re sensitive to children being hurt and/or killed this is a book you should skip. I mean it was a hard fact of life in the time period this is set in that children often did not survive but this book dials it up to a ten.
At the core of this book it is about the relationship between two sisters. How there is jealousy, lies but also love and trust tied up together. I like how the sisters cvs set aside their differences and petty fights in order to survive.
Recommendation: This isn’t the best horror book I’ve ever read but it’s got a lot of great elements to create a quick scary story. If you like horror and want something quick this is one of the better choices for that.
2019 Popsugar Challenge Prompt: A book about a family