Genre – Fiction
Sub-genre – Psychological Thriller/Suspense/Religion/Horror
Pages – 160
Publication Info – Kaylie Jones Books (December 8, 2017)
Reviewed by – William C. Bitner, Jr.
Rating – 📙📙📙📙📙
I think after reading Angel of the Underground by David Andreas, you would be surprised to know that this is his debut novel. It surely doesn’t read that way. It’s a tight well formed piece of literature with very detailed story and very character heavy. Sometimes you come across a book that feels like it’s reading itself, or at least takes very little effort on the readers part to imagine what’s going on. This is one such book. A very entertaining, yet easy read. Some reviewers have said that they were reminded of Stephen King whilst reading this book, I must agree with that comparison somewhat. It remains to be seen if Mr. Andreas continues with the same style in his next endeavor, but if he does you may one day be comparing other writers to his work. I look forward to what may be next from this talented word-smith and wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Synopsis (from back cover): When three children in a Catholic group home are brutally murdered, the survivors are hurried into separate foster homes across Long Island. Robin Hills, a fifteen-year-old who has spent the past several years under religious care, is thrust into a new, dysfunctional family with no spiritual beliefs. No longer protected by the religion and the nun she had come to love, Robin is completely alone and enveloped in fear.
As the murders continue and Robin fears she may become the next victim, her faith increasingly falters. However, she finds solace in a budding friendship with Dennis, a boy her age living in her new foster home. Dennis’s kindness, his acceptance of Robin, and his bravery in the face of evil―born of his passion for horror movies―combine to reassure her that she’ll survive the killings.
Armed with this new friendship and fueled by a rage she finally discovers within herself, Robin finds the courage and self-reliance to confront the darkest aspects of human depravity.
About the Author: When his eyes fell upon Fangoria #82 during the spring of 1989, David Andreas became addicted to all things horror. The highlight of his life (so far) is having interned there during the summer of 1999. While amassing several thousand reviews for his own website, splattercritic.com, David received a Master of Fine Arts degree from LIU Southampton. Since 2007, he’s been teaching English at several colleges, most notably St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY.