Review: The Wicked


Source: Goodreads

Title: The Wicked
Author: James Newman
Publisher: Apex Book Company

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AN ANCIENT EVIL RISES...BURNS...KILLS...

After a fire consumes the Heller Home for Children, the residents of Morganville, North Carolina thought they knew evil...

They were wrong.

Unaware of the turmoil in their new hometown, the Littles--David, Kate, and seven-year-old Becca--are moving from New York City to Morganville in hopes of repairing their own lives, which were recently shattered by an act of sexual violence.

Before long, David realizes that his family's troubles are worse than he could ever have imagined.

An ancient demon lurks beneath the town of Morganville, an unholy creature conjured into existence by the Heller Home tragedy.

Its name is Moloch.

It is hungry for the souls of the townspeople.

But most of all, Moloch wants the children. It will not rest until it has them.

All of them.



One of my favorite books of the year!





This is a classic 80's plot for a book or a movie. There's a city and a creepy entity that is out to kill everyone and/or demand sacrifices. So there's seems to be nothing new about this right? And to be honest there isn't. It's only the fact that this is in book form and it reads exactly as a movie.

What drew me to this book? First of, the cover is absolutely terrifying and the title and the fact that it seems to be popping up everytime I go on instagram. Other than that it is October and what is an October without a couple scary reads right?

So there's this couple, David and Kate, which are hoping to start a more quiet life now that they are expecting their second child, so they decide to move to a little town called Morganville. The problem is some weird shit starts happening and people are showing up dead left and right.






This book takes place in a city called Morganville around Christmas/New Years. There's a couple flashbacks to the time where the couple lived in New York but only to set the tone for the rest of the book.

I absolutely loved the creepy vibe that the author gave to this town. It seemed really eerie and exactly how you would see a small town in a 80's movie. There's a church which is creepy and runs in the family, there's the creepy lady who likes to keep an eye on everyone's business, there's the good old neighbor who used to be in the army and there's the new couple who moves in. What else can you hope for?





David - The husband which I really really liked... a little bit further down in the book. You really can't create and immediate connection with him which is to expect due to the circumstances which I can't discuss because spoilers. But let me tell you he is a fighter.

Kate - Super religious. Sometime's really hard to connect with her train of thought but overall you can kinda get her because of where she's coming from.

Becca - Their precious girl. She seems way more wise for a kid her age which made me think of her a little bit older but nothing that would damage my enjoyment of the story.

George - The ex-army neighboor. He rubbed me off the wrong way at first but I ended up really liking him.

Moloch - Dark entity, I believe he is somekind of prince of Hell. I can't quite recall right now. He is SUPER frightening and just the thought of him gives me shivers. He lives more in people's minds, so he is not directly in the setting for the most part.

These to me are the characters worth mentioning because these are the ones you get to 'see' the most. However there's way more characters that make this book extra interesting. By the way, I forgot to mention, this book is mostly told through David's point of view.





I absolutely loved this book. It was fast paced for the most part and the ending just kept getting better and better and I had really no problems visualizing what the author was describing has I read it.

I would recommend it if you are looking for a scary read or are just trying to find something new. I wish I could find more books like this so if you know of any please let me know!

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