DEAD SOULS by J. Lincoln Fenn is a novel that took me by surprise. It’s one of those novels where you can’t stand the heroine, but you like the book anyway. Fenn’s complex plot and abject ability to capture logic in evil makes this story great and also horrifying. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more intense, things got crazy. I enjoyed listening to this book. If it wouldn’t have been a gore fest at the end, I might have enjoyed it more, giving it a 5-star – but really it was worth the listen and I’m sure you’ll find it quite entertaining.
Fiona Dunn is an emotionally scarred and jealous woman. She believes her boyfriend, who is the perfect, albeit almost too easy, boyfriend is cheating on her. Which would make sense, because no one is perfect. Convinced of his infidelity she gets drunk at the bar and inexplicably makes a deal with the devil to be invisible. Thinking it was just a drunken conversation with a man without a face, Fiona goes along with her life – finding out the truth about her boyfriend – and realizing that maybe that convo at the bar wasn’t a drunken figment. It’s true. Her soul belongs to the devil.
Being the devil, he’s got a lot of souls lined up so Fiona joins a support group for people like her, called DEAD SOULS and now she bent on how to undo her situation if it’s possible.
This book was very intricate at first, you have deals going this way and that, you focus on each character and what they did to sell their souls, what they plan on doing etc. The devil seems to be this intense character, with all kinds of facets. I liked the twists and turns and the fact that you don’t know who is lying or scheming or straight-up the big bad. It made for an intense read but didn’t allow me to get close to any of the characters.
Fiona was a multi-faceted character, but I didn’t find her redeemable, which is rather sad with a character. Her progression within the novel went down not up, in my estimation. My thoughts usually revolved around – by the time you get your soul back with all the trickery, it’s not like you’ll get into Heaven anyway – so what’s the point?
But, after all, the dealing, and investigation – the novel progressed into a gore fest. The devil went from trickster and deal maker to the director of a horror flick. Which is when the book became a little monotonous for me. I wanted more intrigue instead of blood and guts. Overall, it was an enjoyable listen and the narration was done by one of my fave narrators, Julia Whelan – so you get no better than that.
Dead Souls by J. Lincoln FennNarrator: Julia Whelan
Published by Gallery Books on September 20th 2016
From the award-winning author of the acclaimed novel Poe comes an edgy and bone-chilling new novel.
When Fiona Dunn is approached in a bar by a man who claims he’s the devil, she figures it’s just some kind of postmodern-slash-ironic pickup line. But a few drinks in, he offers her a wish in exchange for her immortal soul, and in addition, Fiona must perform a special favor for him whenever the time comes. Fiona finds the entire matter so absurd that she agrees. Bad idea. Not only does Fiona soon discover that she really was talking to the devil incarnate, but she’s now been initiated into a bizarre support group of similar “dead souls”—those who have done the same thing as Fiona on a whim, and who must spend their waking hours in absolute terror of that favor eventually being called in...and what exactly is required from each of them in order to give the devil his due.