Book review stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for Golem, a horror novel written by Paul Alleva.
First thing first, let me thank the author for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
Detective. Angel. Victim. Devil.
A haunting tale of suspense, loss, isolation, contempt, and fear.
On November 1, 1951, war hero John Ashton was promoted to detective. His first assignment: find the district attorney’s missing daughter. But his only lead is Alena Francon, a high society sculptor and socialite committed to Bellevue’s psychiatric facility.
Alena has a story for the new detective. A story so outlandish John Ashton refuses to heed the warning. Alena admits to incarnating Golem, a demonic force, into her statue. A devil so profound he’s infiltrated every part of New York’s infrastructure. Even worse, he uses children to serve as bodily hosts for his demonic army, unleashing a horde of devils into our world.
When Alena’s confidant, Annette Flemming, confirms the existence of Golem, John is sent on a collision course where fate and destiny spiral into peril, and the future of the human race hangs in the balance.
The Devil Is In The Details!
Fans of The Silence of the Lambs, Clive Barker, John Connolly, old Stephen King, and Anne Rice will be fascinated by this edge of your seat psychological horror thriller with a story that tears out the heart of humanity and throws it on a slab to be feasted on.
Publication date: 05/10/21
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: Uh, no. The color palette fits the theme, but I don’t like the drawing itself.
I was promised a good horror, and that’s what I got: a gritty, gruesome story that left very little to the imagination.
The protagonist, a detective named John Ashton, has to solve his first case. It sounds like a clear-cut job, something to be wrapped up after dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s—a straightforward task, according to Captain Knowles. Besides, the case itself is cold enough to be almost frozen. What could go wrong?
A lot, turns out.
Plot-wise, Golem has all the right horror elements: an unstoppable evil force, victims, reluctant accomplices, and a hero who should save the day. Whether or not he ends up saving it is inconsequential, and also not the point. Alleva characterizes Ashton and Alena in a precise way, plunging them further and further into the abyss.
The third-person POV works fine here, and the split between John and Alena’s parts is well-executed. Kudos for the seamless transitions! They’re of the kind I like to read twice, once as a reader and the other as an editor–technicalities are beautiful, shush.
As always, I appreciate a cast on the smallish side. Here we have a few secondary characters, each of them with their own unique voice. The one who stands out is Annette, maybe because she’s the first one the reader meets and goes through an excellent arc.
The only issue I have with Golem has to do with the editing: the copy I have reads unedited since there are grammar and syntax mistakes scattered throughout the pages. It’s possible I’ve been given the ARC version by mistake though, so I will not hold it against the story: other reviewers failed to mention editing issues in their feedbacks, and Alleva himself told me that a mixup was in the realm of the possibilities.
4 stars on GR.
MEET THE AUTHOR
PD Alleva writes thrillers. Whether those thrillers are Sci-Fi Fantasy’s about Alien Vampires attempting to subjugate the human race, or steeped in a haunting horror novel, or an urban fantasy with supernatural themes, PD always provides readers with a profound, entertaining, and satisfying reader experience, in a new genre he has coined as alternative fiction. His novels blend mystery, conspiracy, psychology, and action with the supernatural, horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Alternative fiction is PD’s attempt at describing what readers uncover in any one of his books, a new discovery towards mainstream storytelling. He’s been writing since childhood, creating and developing stories with brash and impactful concepts he describes are metaphors for the shifting energies that exist in the universe. PD lives inside of his own universe, working diligently on the Sci-Fi/Fantasy series, The Rose Vol. II, the urban fantasy novella series, Girl on a Mission, and Jigglyspot and the Zero Intellect, PD’s upcoming horror thriller.
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