Wednesday 15 July 2020

THE MERCILESS III: Origins of Evil by Danielle Vega

The Merciless III: Origins of Evil (The Merciless, #3)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the first two Merciless books so much I was really looking forward to reading this one. Especially since it's a prequel. 😲

Brooklyn thought it would be a good idea to start a phone helpline for kids who need help or want to talk to someone. Except, the only call she gets sets her off on a dangerous path where she might end up being the one who needs help...

Holy shit! Just when you think you know where this story is going, it leads you down an even darker and more demented path than you expected.

I was looking forward to reading Brooklyn's tale because I found her interesting from the beginning and needed to know how she ended up becoming the terrifying girl Sofia encounters.

This book didn't disappoint because I absolutely loved it! OMFG. It was wicked af, violent and answered a lot of the pesky questions I had from the two previous installments.

I also really liked how Brooklyn was such a different person from the one Sofia meets. Not just how she behaves and talks, but even how she looks. She's a redhead with braids and a really nice girl who wants to help others so badly she gets herself into some major trouble. Her only sin is being too curious and too helpful. Oh, and falling for the creepy preacher's son, which gets her caught up in a freaky religious youth group with too many secrets.

Another thing I really love about this series is how, although there's a sense of darkness slowly rising to the surface from the start, everything seems pretty grounded. Until it isn't. The change is swift and sharp, like the snapping of fingers to signal that nothing's going to be the same ever again. That from then on, everything is going to spiral out of control and pretty much go to hell.

The last third of this book took me on a breathless ride that didn't let up until that very twisted ending. It was exciting, gross and downright terrifying. And knowing Brooklyn's fate beforehand didn't make it any easier when you feel her slipping away and evil taking over.

I felt so bad for Brooklyn because like Sofia, what happens to her is so heartbreaking. And totally out of her control.

This is an amazing book! And this is fast becoming one of my favourite horror series. 😈

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