A Little Demon of a Read,
This review is from: Come Closer (Paperback)
This book draws the reader slowly, but inexorably, into the world of Amanda, who seems to be falling prey to a demon, Naamah. Amanda relates the story, from the first odd occurrence at her work, through a series of events that escalate in seriousness and bizarreness, to the shocking climax. The writing is deceptively simple and the novel well paced; the result is an absorbing read. Amada's relationship with her husband is particularly well observed, beginning with friendly bickering and ending with the frigid politeness of a failed marriage.
Although short and with a pretty straightforward plot, this is also a thought provoking novel. How reliable a narrator is Amanda? Is she possessed - or mad? How complicit is she in her possession by Naamah? Not all of those questions are resolved by the ending, which means that the story lingers in the mind even after you have finished reading the novel. This is a really good book, but I wouldn't read it in a big, empty house with branches tapping against a window in a gale - not if you want to get to sleep that is!