Book Review

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE by Tori Bovalino

I received a complimentary audiobook copy of THE DEVIL MAKES THREE by Tori Bovalino for an honest review. Thank you to Recorded Books and Netgalley for the chance to read and review!

Rating: 4 / 5

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE follows Tess Matheson. Tess is a gifted cello player with ambitious dreams, but when her parents fall short on the parenting front she steps up to provide for her younger sister. To help make ends meet and afford her sister’s education, Tess is working at their boarding school library. When Eliot Birch uses his father’s faculty credentials to pull a ridiculous number of obscure books out of the library’s grimoire collection, the pair don’t meet under the best of circumstances.

To make matters worse, in the pursuit of some of the most obscure texts, Tess and Eliot manage to unleash a demon who has been trapped in one of the books in the library. Suddenly Tess is plagued by terrible visions and dreams. This devil looks like Eliot in her dreams, but as things start to go more and more wrong around her, Tess realizes she must work with the real Eliot to recapture what has been loosed.

This book was a lot of fun and it was full of creepiness that you want from a read heading into fall. The author does not pull punches when it comes to the body horror, so it is best to be forewarned if gore is not to your liking, but I thought it was very well done. I also enjoyed the way the author pulled some ideas through different layers of the book. Tess is well knowledgeable in inks as her father owned a stationary shop and designed pens, so ink is used in various ways throughout the book.

I thought that the narrators for this audiobook were both great, though I did find the voice of the male narrator perhaps a bit upbeat for some of the gory situations being narrated at times. Even so it made for a gripping read that kept me hooked throughout.

I would recommend THE DEVIL MAKES THREE for those looking to add some chills to their fall reading lists!

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