Book Review, Horror

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix (ARC Review)

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Summary:

Synopsis from GoodReads.com:

“A new novel of supernatural horror (and pop culture) from the author of Horrorstor, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, and Paperbacks from Hell.

In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success — but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.

Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western – she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry’s meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris’s very soul.

This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It’s a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that’s darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul…where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.”

Review:

Grady Hendrix has struck gold again with another female centred horror novel!

This time we are following the story of Kris, a middle aged rock chick who is hunting down the man who sold her soul. I love Hendrix’s novels and how they always follow a female protagonist. Horror needs more of that. I know there are a lot of books with a girl main character but Hendrix’s female leads are always so strong and feisty. They are not the screaming woman dealing with a haunted house while her husband tells her she is crazy like you see in most female lead horror novels. I always love his leading ladies, especially in this case because she is a guitar playing girl who used to be in a band, just like myself. I could relate to Kris on so many levels.

Unlike Hendrix’s other novels, I don’t think this one was as supernatural driven. Horrorstor was very heavy on the ghosts and My Best Friend’s Exorcism was about possession but was very people focused. We Sold Our Souls hints more toward the paranormal. It saves it all to the end, sort of like Rosemary’s Baby. (If you haven’t read that book you really should) I think this would be an amazing horror novel to start with if you are new to horror. It is fast paced, isn’t scary and reads more like a thriller or action novel than a straight horror story. It reminds me of Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill but more on the tame side.

I think the only real negative point I had with this book was that I didn’t find it super gripping compared to his other novels. It was great. I loved reading it and it is beautifully designed like all of his novels, but I just didn’t fly through it as quickly as I did Horrorstor or My Best Friend’s Exorcism. I am not sure if that was the book’s fault, or it was me just being easily distracted.

It still left me feeling inspired. I am a musician myself and this book left me feeling so pumped! I felt like I could save the world with my guitar and it made me want to play music. It reminded me of the old days when I would write my own music. It was so nostalgic and powerful. If you are a rock music lover this is definitely one for you.

TLDR:

  • Amazingly strong female driven horror novel.
  • Lots of fun music references.
  • A great first time horror read.
  • Not scary at all.
  • Lots of action and very fast paced.
  • Inspiring and leaves you wanting to playing music.

Warnings:

Mild language, drug references and violence. Suitable for most YA audiences.

Rating:

4 star copy

4 out of 5 skulls

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I want to thank Netgalley and Quirk Books for sending me this novel to review. 

 

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