Author: H. A. Goodman
A few chapters into Breaking The Devil’s Heart I started getting nervous about what I had gotten myself into. Stewart’s interaction with Franklin, a demon sales manager for the corporation known as hell, was intense. Not because Franklin was a demon, but because of the light that he shined on Stewart’s eyes about how things were really working in the afterlife. He planted an idea that God was the one behind all of the evil in the world, not Satan or ‘the formula’ that they sale to mortals to get them to sin. It was unnerving to read about a world where God was as much a mystery in the afterlife as he was in the world of the living. But I needn’t have worried because it only added to the cleverness that ended up being Breaking The Devil’s Heart.
The author really created an original idea for the afterlife. Even though I personally believe that life after death will be nothing like this, it was still easy to lose myself in this fictional world. Especially since the author used real moments in history to demonstrate true evil that the world has experienced, along with some of the purest good. The detail was hard to read at times, but in an I’m human and have a heart kind of way.
I was taken on a complete journey of laughter, tears, sorrow, triumph, and despair. A few of my favorite things were that the author managed to throw in a few plot twists that I did not see coming. I rarely read a book that I don’t anticipate the next move. And I also loved that even though were were literally taken to hell, there was maybe three swear words in the entire book. Loved that. Even though the characters didn’t swear, they were still intense and scary when they needed to be. A book doesn’t have to be full of vulgarity to make a statement.
I will definitely be recommending this book, and I’m anxious to pick up H A Goodman’s first book, Logic of Demons: The Quest For Nadine’S Soul. If it’s half as good as this one, I’ll be in for a treat.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*