Skip to main content

Book Review: The Diabolist by Layton Green


Dominic Grey is back on another adventure with his boss, phenomenologist and cult expert Viktor Radek. This time they're investigating the murder of a Satanic priest who is burned alive by a robed figure who seems to appear and disappear before the eyes of several witnesses. When other religious leaders begin receiving letters from the murderer, condemning them to a similar death, Dominic and Viktor are determined to uncover the truth before more deaths occur.

The Diabolist by Layton Green is the third book in the Dominic Grey series and the first to be published under Amazon's Thomas and Mercer imprint. The first two books were also re-released this summer, and I'm not surprised the series was picked up. It's a unique series that delves deeply into religious cults in a detailed yet objective way ~ and there's always plenty of suspense and excitement to keep the pages turning!

In The Diabolist, Green tackles Satanism, and with it, the whole concept of evil. I found this absolutely fascinating and it really made me think. His stories also make you realize that whether what someone believes is actually true or not doesn't always matter; what matters most is whether they absolutely believe it is true. If they believe enough, they can almost make it real.

As with the first two books, there is a lot of action but also a lot of thoughtfulness throughout the book. Dominic and Viktor have to fight for their lives many times, but there's plenty of time for introspection as well. There's also plenty of magic and mystery in this one.

I have to say this is probably my favorite of the three books so far. And it really does stand alone, so if you're looking to try the series, you can start with the first one, The Summoner, or just jump in with The Diabolist. If you enjoy thrillers that make you think, I highly recommend the Dominic Grey series.

My Rating: 5/5

My review of The Summoner
My review of The Egyptian
My review of The Metaxy Project

Visit the author's website

This review was written based on a copy of The Diabolist that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Getting back to blogging

It seems that blogging has dropped to the bottom of my list for the past year, and was pretty low for the year or two prior to that. I love to read, and am continuing to do so, but as my regular readers know I haven't been around much. My last blog post was almost a year ago!!

There are many things that have taken me away from blogging. Work has been much more challenging and interesting these past few years, but that means I really don't want to get back on the computer when I get home at night - or on the weekends.

Family life has been more busy with kids having multiple activities in the evenings, leaving little time to just hang out and write about the books that I read.

I will admit to a bit of a Facebook addiction, which means way too much time spent scrolling through my newsfeed instead of doing something more productive. This is one of the things I'm working on and hoping that this will free up some time for getting back to the blog.

Overall, life is good. Work is …

Banned Books Week: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

This is the end of Banned Books Week and unfortunately, I haven't had a lot of time to write about banned books this year. But I did want to include at least one post about it, so today I wanted to share one of the book series that it seems most people are surprised to find on the list: Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.

According to Wikipedia:
The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the American Library Association's list of the Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009. Reasons cited are poor social values taught by the books and Junie B. Jones not being considered a good role model due to her mouthiness and bad spelling/grammar. This is an interesting example of a banned book. Many times there are serious, controversial topics featured in books that are challenged. Things like homosexuality, drugs, vulgar language, etc. You can actually understand why people may not want their children to read those books, and why they may challenge their inclusion in school libra…

April Reading Review

Where exactly did April go? I swear it was just the middle of March and now it's May. Once again, I'm going to provide a quick review of each of the books I read last month. For the last two weeks of the month, I participated in the Spring Into Horror Readathon hosted by Michelle at Seasons of Reading. The only rule was that you had to read at least one book that was horror, thriller, etc. I read one book that qualified. With the exception of the first book in my list, the books I mention below were read during the readathon


My book club's May selection was Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. I had started reading this nonfiction book about the author's work representing men, women and children who were on death row in March but finished the book in April. This is an eye-opening story that everyone at my book club discussion agreed should be required reading for law schools and police officers and even legislators who are making the laws related to judgements. I learned to…