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Exorcism in London in this fictional thriller!
The Devil You Know - Mike Carey
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The Devil You Know - Mike Carey
Advantages: Good story and plot-lines
Disadvantages: A little over-long
This review is for the paperback book "The Devil You Know" by Mike Carey, part of the Felix Castor series. The book was first published in 2006 by Orbit, but is still in print. Mike Carey has spent many recent years in the comic genre, but this is his first novel.
The book is a supernatural and detective thriller which is set in London and the main character is Felix Castor, and we see the book from his eyes. Castor works independently as an exorcist who is called into a London property to remove a ghost. He gets deeper and deeper into the darkness the more he discovers about the ghost.
Castor discovers that the ghost is of a woman, and that she is permanently hidden behind a sort of fog. The book is fast paced and is a bit of a cross between a detective story and a horror story, which I found quite well. The character development is good, and the plot in itself is quite believeable so it's easy to get into the book.
I did find that the book was quite satisfying insomuch that everything in the book, the plots and characters do all come together, and the book makes sense as a whole. The various twists and threads aren't always predictable, which makes for a more interesting read.
I also enjoyed the way that London, and its dark side, are the background of this book, it seemed to add an extra dimension to the title. There is a very urban feel to the whole book, and I did notice a few other reviewers of this book use the phrase "urban fantasy" which seems like a good name for this genre of books.
If I did have a complaint with this book, it's that it's a little overlong, weighing in at nearly 500 pages long. The book could have done with being shorter, which might have made it more fast paced and just that bit readable. I found that the start of the book specifically did seem to be a bit difficult to get into, which unfortunately might put some readers off. The style of the book though interested me, as did the subject matter, so I'd still say that the book was a well written one.
I have yet to read these other titles, but there are some sequels in this series featuring Felix Castor. The next book in the series is "Vicious Circle", then "Dead Men's Boots" and then "Thicker Than Water" which was published in 2009. More titles are currently being planned and these are also being published in the United States.
The book retails at 7.99 pounds but at the time of writing the book is available on Amazon for 5.99 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, these are currently available for around three to four pounds including postage from sites such as eBay and Amazon.
In summary, this is a good book with an enjoyable style of writing and an interesting subject matter. The book is probably a little over-long, but it's definitely worth looking at if you like supernatural thrillers, and I'll be looking out for the other works by this author based on Felix Castor. I'm personally scared of ghosts, but it certainly sounds like an interesting profession that Castor has, being a full-time ghost hunter!
Summary: An interesting series of books, and I'll look out for the other titles!