For fans of ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’, the worldwide bestselling story of a skeleton detective, it might be an easy choice to pick up Derek Landy’s latest novel, ‘Demon Road’. However, for those of you who are new to Landy’s personal brand of dark humour and blood-and-guts horror, this new title might not strike you as a must-read.
However, may we at MP! persuade you otherwise. ‘Demon Road’ is a rip-roaring, darkly funny thriller, following protagonist Amber as she escapes her murderous parents on a hell of a roadtrip across America – and is a perfect change-up for those of you not well-versed in horror.
Well-written and easy to read, ‘Demon Road’ is largely episodic, moving seamlessly from one adventure to the next – whether that be taking down serial killers in small towns or escaping from a vampire hotel – without ever losing sight of the original goal. Tightly structured and fast-paced, ‘Demon Road’ does not slow or meander around boring issues for any more than a few words.
Not only is Landy’s work gruesome in parts (we’re talking biting off fingers and eating people alive here), but it’s also very funny. The rapid-fire dialogue and dead-pan humour will have you cracking up in between being totally grossed out. The relationship between Amber, Milo and Glen, all the members of the roadtrip, is particularly funny, with Irish, won’t-stop-talking Glen an obvious choice for our favourite character.
If you love TV shows like Supernatural and Grimm, or are already a horror fan, then definitely pick up Derek Landy’s latest creation. If you’re a little more squeamish, still pick it up. Derek Landy has a way of winning you over with his cracking sense of humour.
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