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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (16 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409120791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409120797
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A stunningly crafted, intelligent and moving horror story ... this is a subtle, revealing exposition of the power of the devil. There is an elegance to the storytelling, and a command of what evil may mean, that lingers with you long after the end (DAILY MAIL)

Effective, literate, nightmarish (SUNDAY TELEGRAPH)

Genuinely terrifying, don't-read-late-at-night stuff. Thrilling, compelling and beautifully written (SJ Watson)

The Demonologist is that rare thing - a novel that is both genuinely terrifying and erudite. The research is excellent and lightly worn, the pace and cleverness of the plot thrilling, one of the most exciting works of fiction I've read for some time (Kate Mosse)

'The Demonologist is a smart psychological thriller. Carefully crafted, claustrophobic and deeply, deeply creepy' (Simon Toyne)

Richly crafted, deliriously scary and compulsively page-turning from beginning to end. Imagine The Exorcist and The Da Vinci Code as penned by Daphne du Maurier. Don't miss this one! (Jeffery Deaver)

As compelling and smoothly chilling a tale as you'll find this year. The Demonologist shows an enormously gifted writer at the top of his game, producing a novel of eerie menace and unique depth. Those of us who write supernatural stories do not throw the names Ira Levin, William Peter Blatty, and Peter Straub around lightly. You'll be hearing all three associated with Mr Pyper soon, and all such comparisons are warranted, the highest praise I can offer (Michael Koryta, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of THE PROPHET)

A literary horror story that values smarts over scares . . . a book about a father and daughter, and how far a parent will go to protect a child (NATIONAL POST)

A smart, thrilling, utterly unnerving novel. Pyper's gift is that he deeply respects his readers, yet still insists on reducing them to quivering children. I like that in a writer (Gillian Flynn)

Milton expert Prof David Ullman finds his paradise has turned into pandemonium and the light is turning into darkness. Pyper knows how to make you afraid, very afraid. (THE NORTHERN ECHO)

The Demonologist is a scarily satisfying read (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)

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Winner of the 2014 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel.

The unsettling, unique and utterly compelling new novel from the bestselling author of LOST GIRLS.

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Format: Paperback
The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

I was lucky enough to receive from Orion an uncorrected proof copy of this novel to read prior to publication in the UK.
It arrived through the post enchantingly packaged in brown paper, tied with string and sealed with wax. Various foreign stamps and air mail stickers along with a Venetian post mark helped to enhance the charm which was not lessened when the opened package revealed a book cover depicting the domes, spires and waterways of Venice against a deep and atmospheric turquoise sky.

On finishing the novel I feel somewhat disappointed that although I really didn't want it to be the case, the packaging and the cover much more interesting to me that the actual story.

I started of enjoying it well enough, but soon began to become frustrated. Although I did feel I had grasped the essence of the story some elements remained bafflingly unclear, and without sufficient explanation - namely why David Ullman and his daughter had been specifically selected (just because he was a leading expert on Paradise Lost? Or maybe I'm missing the point?).

Although I was fairly gripped by the early chapters set in Venice which were suspenseful and menacing once the plot shifted to America and became an extended, leading nowhere, road trip it lost momentum and once again felt confusing. I certainly felt I was missing the point of why the chase began in one place only to end up there again.

It all felt a bit rushed, and I had to agree with other reviewers who had made the comment that it seemed to have been written possibly with the idea of film script in mind.
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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2014
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THE DEMONOLOGIST seems to be one of those books which really divides people - you either seem to love it or hate it. Unfortunately, for me, it was quite a disappointment. Although it deals with demons and the devil, it was not exactly scary. Ok, there were passages which were quite creepy but for the majority of the time you really have to suspend your disbelief and just go along for the ride. It's a shame really, because at the heart of the book there is a fairly good idea there - unfortunately, there are also quite a few holes in the plot. The main one being why David Ullman and his daughter are 'chosen' at all. They both suffer from 'melancholy' and seem to have something which sets them aside from those around them, and of course David is the demonologist from the title, but other than that, there is little explanation as to why he was picked.
So, what you end up with is a quick read but one that is not all that satisfying.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 May 2013
Format: Paperback
I read another of this author's books, The Guardians, and enjoyed it. However, where that book was good, this book is fantastic. It's one of those books that draws you in, grabs you by the throat and won't let you go until you've turned the last page.

I note that other reviewers have complained that the book is written in the present tense; some people seem to have a problem with that, I most certainly do not. To me, it is an apt way to write a book like this, where the present and urgent tone of the narrative impels the story; you cannot write a book like this in the past tense, because you cannot know if the narrator is even going to survive the story. It has to be written in the present tense, because we are facing the action, the decisions, the anguish at the same time as the protagonist.

The story begins with Professor David Ullman, a specialist on Milton's Paradise Lost, in the middle of the failure of his marriage. He knows he holds a lot of the blame for this, but he holds on to the strong bond he has with his daughter. When a mysterious woman turns up at his office one afternoon and offers him a job, with a trip to Venice to investigate a "phenomenon", David's life changes for ever. But it takes him a while to realise that. Where the story takes him, and us hanging on his coat-tails, is on a nightmare ride through the world and into his own personal Hell. The narrative races along at a frenetic pace; the characters that try to thwart or encourage him are visions drawn from everybody's worst dreams; and where it will lead we can not be sure until the final page.

This is a great book; the writing style is assured, the plot is brilliantly inventive and clever, the weaving of Paradise Lost, reality and illusion is seamless.
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This story is reminiscent of a horror film, and indeed it appears to have to have been written with a film in mind. From that perspective it made this story intriguing, fast paced, and full of promise. The story starts well and is interesting at the start. A man meets supernatural entities and travels to Venice, a few creepy things happen, and then his daughter goes missing. After this point, the story became somewhat less intriguing and far more boring. You are then drawn into a road trip type of adventure in America, a little weird since his daughter went missing in Venice. This story may very well have a fantastic ending, but I lost interest pretty quickly and subsequently have not finished the book.

A promising start yet the story tailed off. If you like drawn out horrors with road trip type journeys thrown in then it may be for you, but unfortunately it's not for me.
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