Sunday, 26 February 2017

The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias


From Goodreads

A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and Denise’s subsequent deal with the Devil to take revenge. In the desperate bargain Denise made with the Prince of Darkness, she wagered Siobhan’s soul.

As Siobhan discovers the fate of her soul, she learns that hidden within the pages of her mother’s confession is part of The Devil’s Prayer, an ancient text with the power to unleash apocalyptic horrors.

And now her mother’s enemies know Siobhan has it.

Can Siobhan escape an order of extremist monks determined to get the Prayer back? Can she save the world from its own destruction?

Explicit Content Warning: "The Devil’s Prayer" is a historical horror thriller that contains brutality, rape, sex, drug abuse and murder. Readers may find its content offensive and confronting.

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My thoughts

My thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review. I gave this a 3.5 stars or 7/10.

With loose references to real life people and real events, The Devil's Prayer is a story littered with taboo subjects that might be offensive to some readers. Please do not read this historical thriller with horror and supernatural themes if you're easily offended.

Whilst, reading this story I felt that it would make a great film. With some scenes being very reminiscent to some of Dan Brown's stories, in so much as chasing by religious secret sects was involved, etc.

A Nun commits suicide in Spain and in Australia her daughter Siobhan, realises that the Nun is in fact her Mother who'd disappeared years ago. As Siobhan decides to try and uncover the truth behind the Nun's apparent suicide.  She travels across the World to find out where her Mum had been in the years that she'd been missing.

It's not long before Siobhan finds herself embroiled in trying to keep parts of The Devil's Prayer that she is in possession of safe from those that would rather have it.

On the whole I enjoyed the story, but at times I did feel that I was floundering with it. If you like religious themed stories then grab a copy and let it take you on a roller coaster of a ride.


  1. I like the sound of this Bernie, definitely sounds like a Dan Brown type one


    1. Yes, it was very similar in some ways and in others you needed to have a good imagination, almost suspend belief.