Review: The Merciless by Danielle Vega
Genre: YA Horror
Warnings: Mature themes throughout, gruesome scenes, not recommended for younger audiences.
Summary: Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned.
Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.
Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .
I could say a lot of things about this book, starting off with the fact that this is one of the only YA Horrors that has really surfaced recently. But more than that, it deserves all the hype that it’s gotten. The Merciless follows a girl named Sofia who, upon moving to a new town, befriends a group of popular girls that want to perform an exorcism on an ex-friend of theirs, Brooklyn Stevens.
Throughout the novel, it’s quite unclear whose intentions are good and whose are bad, and more importantly, where do the true intentions lie. I received this book in the mail and immediately tore it open, sat down to read it, and finished it in a few hours. It keeps you at the edge of your seat because you’re constantly changing sides and there are some unexpected twists that keep you guessing and make this a thrill for all who read it. I will say, though, this is a horror novel and, unlike some horror novels, the horror aspect of this book bleeds throughout, it’s not just condensed into a couple of scenes. The first page even comes with a warning saying, For mature audiences only. This is a fantastic debut from Danielle Vega. If you’re into horror and like the prospect of exorcisms, I’d highly recommend this.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on goodreads.