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I did not know what to expect from this book, as the summary does not give away too much, which is a good thing! The story starts like a very disturbing thriller, but soon some supernatural elements are interwoven, adding another dimension. It was hard to witness just how much brutality and cruelty Jessie had to endure, and the author did a great job showing us Jessie's feelings and thoughts during her torment, which added to the uneasiness.
I often wondered why Jessie did not find a way to break out of her miserable life, and how people could act in such extreme ways in the first place, but it really made sense later on when we learn that some greater force had a finger in the pie (a funny expression for what I want to say, but this is what my dictionary told me to write...).
I am not a fan of stories including angels, demons and any kind of "bible-stuff", and those chapters were my least favorite, but fortunately FRIENDS does not make the mistake to raise a moral finger. It merely borrows some subjects to form an original background for the story. I liked both the book's concept of Lucifer and the premise that the bible was made up to steer humanity's believes and fears.
At first I thought the plot became too crowded when yet another storyline was added to the already complex events, which others may have used for a sequel instead of appending directly. But on the other hand, it kept me busy guessing what would come next, and I sure was never bored, as the book does not have any superfluous filler text, which can be a danger with serieses.
While some twists seemed far-fetched and appeared convenient for the continuation of the story, at the end everything falls into place and it all works out nicely. Friends in Dark Corners is an extraordinary original story definitely worth reading.
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review)
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)