Today I’m excited to bring you a Guest Post, Review and Kindle Fire Giveaway from Chris Datta. His first Novel Touched with Fire was a number one best-seller in the Historical Fiction category, and this supernatural thriller lives up to the high expectations readers have for this talented author.
I’ve read Touched with Fire, (click link to see that review) and loved it. And while I won’t profess to ‘loving’ darker tales, Datta’s writing is compelling, and had me taking a chance on a book I would normally pass over. But let’s start with Chris’ own thoughts on the book.
Guest Post from Christopher Datta
I’m not a huge fan of scary stories: I know I repeat it often, but a scare just to get the adrenalin rush is not one of my go-to activities. But, I can’t speak highly enough of Datta’s writing style and his ability to tell a story, weaving in his own experience and observations to bring a story to life.
In The Demon Stone, he subtly reveals the Demon’s existence and influence with gradual changes and twists in behavior that are more chilling since they creep up. I have to admit – it took me several (ok – five) days to read this, I’d hit a point of overload with the tension and need to put it down and pick up a candyfloss read to just decompress. Even if you aren’t one who is dramatically affected by tension in a story and worry about what is next to come, this is not a ‘before bedtime’ read.
Datta uses his characters and their interactions with one another to great effect, showing deterioration and morally charged situations that keep readers wondering and relating situations back to their own lives. Settings are described in such a way as to present vivid imagery that holds an undertone of emotion: the spooky emptiness of the forest, the overwhelming hopelessness of a refugee camp, even the longed for solitude and welcome at home, that isn’t quite there. The climax built to a peak before tossing you off the cliff, expected yet completely surprising, until you realize that it couldn’t have arrived at a better time or with a more satisfying conclusion.
A smoothly executed morality play that left me thinking of Lysistrata with Aristophanes’ subtleties in presenting choices on which moral decisions hang: Datta has updated the concept into a story that will reach modern eyes and present similar questions and thoughts for the reader.
Title: The Demon Stone
Author: Christopher Datta
Published by: Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Source: Author via Tour Company
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The Demon Stone is a powerful supernatural thriller that leads you from the killing fields of Africa to the quiet Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota. In braided narratives, Datta spins a terrifying story about the spiritual forces—both real and supernatural—that incite the basest, bloodiest and most frightening of human behaviors.
"Reading Chris Datta is like riding a rollercoaster. It’s a fast ride filled with twists and turns. His Demon Stone is scary fun. Stephen King, watch your back!" -Richard Rashke, author of The Killing of Karen Silkwood
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.