Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Sacred Sin by Estevan Vega - a Review

If you like dark supernatural thrillers, with demon possessions and a homicide detective struggling for redemption against immortal odds - this book could be for you.

Here's how the author describes the book:
The Sacred Sin bleeds with honesty and emotion, and tells the story of Jude Foster, a cynical self-loathing detective, assigned to bring down a serial killer capable of stealing victim's souls without ever touching them. Stopping this ghost killer, fighting against his demons, his inner darkness, may be the only path toward sanity and a new beginning. With a curiosity for the supernatural, as well as a feeling of disconnection from the complacency of mankind, Vega’s story-lines dwell somewhere in between fiction and reality, a place where the world is as blurred and irregular as human choice and consequence.

I would sum up The Sacred Sin as dark and disturbing. There is little-to-no light within the darkness of the this story. And perhaps it could have used some light to make me care more about the characters and their motivation. None of the characters except maybe the new partner, Rachel Cragin, seemed to have any redeeming qualities. Everyone was messed up in some way and didn't show us they had any qualities worth caring about, apart from being broken individuals. The point of the story seems to be "no matter what happens, life goes on - even if it does suck."

Although this book kept me reading to the end to find out what happens, I can't say I really enjoyed it. The Sacred Sin is extremely well written, more so than many mass-market books that I've read. The author, Estevan Vega, published this book when he was 18 years old. That is impressive! And he was kind enough to send me a copy recently for review.

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