Book Review: ‘The Devil Aspect: A Novel’ Is One Of The Best Books Of The Year

I read a lot of fiction books and I’m usually pretty good at figuring things out and who might be the killer or how the mystery unfolded. With The Devil Aspect author Craig Russell got me big time. You read through the mysteriousness of the story and the devil’s six and you begin to wonder if the Devil really exists. With lots of twists and turns, you will never see the ending coming.

The year is 1935 and Viktor Kosárek (a psychiatrist) has gotten a job at the Hrad Orlu Asylum for the criminally insane where the most notorious killers are houses. They are known as the Devil’s Six, The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer, and The Demon. It’s located in an old castle outside of Prague. It’s known for being the place where the devil lives (old folk tales). Viktor has a new technique he wants to use on the killers known as the Devil Aspect. He’s hoping it will cure them of the evils they have. It will never get them released but will make them more human again.

As he talks with each one they seem to have one thing in common. They are being controlled by a devil. In Prague the police are looking for a killer known as Leather Apron (who is mocking Jack The Ripper). The leader of the investigation for the police Lukas Smolak seems to always be one step behind the killer. He turns to the the asylum in hopes of finding out clues to who the killer might be.

Meanwhile Viktor suspects his friend might be the killer after his strange behavior lately. He’s torn if he should report him to the police or stay quiet. The more Viktor works with the patients, the stranger things become. He finally turns in his friend to the police and it leads them to a shocking discovery that could cost people their lives.

You can pick it up in stores on Tuesday, March 5th from Doubleday.

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