"Welcome to HELL. Can I help you?"
"Demons didn't – couldn't – love. It was against their very nature to do such a thing."
If you're one of the readers who not only read, but also look for hidden meanings between the lines, then it is likely that you will enjoy See You In Hell, even if the Goodreads ratings type with their lack of... half measures will test your thinking once again when you’ll rate the book.
Started as an undercover mission to discover the true plans (for world domination how else?) of an „Out of the Pit and managing a company.” Lucifer, the story gradually turns into a cruel satire of the life in a large corporation “full of demons in suits“, then to focus on a (sort of) love story, but without losing at any time those hidden among words meanings which I mentioned above.
The characters being demons and angels, we will have, of course, the confrontation between good and evil, light and darkness. This will be obvious initially in the interaction between demon and angel(s) colleagues and it will be proven that it can be taken to any of us, at any level, even at the bottom of the social or corporate pyramid, and that the good is not only the angels’ privilege as how we might think, but could be found as well, albeit in tiny amounts, in any creature of darkness. Thus, the author will make you change your opinion about the representatives of the two sides, main or secondary characters, depending of the point of view from which you look at them. Very briefly I would say, leaving you to discover the rest of it, that the angels may have prejudices and even taste a sin or another and the demons, whatever their age and rank, can love, the longevity of a particular couple could even elicit the envy of many... if this would not be a sin.
„Demons who still had the memory of a love that preceded their fall.”
As the story flows, the characters are changing or reveal their hidden faces and they will certainly grow sympathies or, on the contrary, resentments.
Darkness concealing light, at a depth where most won't look. A destiny that can't be stopped, only delayed. A desire for…vindication. A broken heart that wishes to be healed. A penchant for proof, but not destruction. A soul hidden deep within ice. Yearning, yet a strong fear of pain. Loneliness and longing for…
The author’s open mind regarding everything that is religion, apocryphal texts, mythology and literature leaves room for surprises and creates expectations.
"Angels aren't perfect, Gabi. We're just good."
The enjoyable and entertaining style and the humor that decorates the plot will make you read further, even if it is clear that you get something different from what you probably expected when reading the description. Even if you may find an apparent stagnation of the story that seems to be, at some point, lost in "bureaucratic" moments, you should continue to read because, going back to how the story turns, I can say that the change of direction to the love story takes place unnoticeably. The signs of this transformation are sprinkled among of the more or less banal everyday’s life events, but eventually they all will converge to demonstrate the idea, the hope, the desire that love conquers all. If so, could love be so strong to redeem a demon? It remains to be seen especially because the dangers are great, crucial for those involved.
"No one she knew had ever redeemed a demon – it wasn't meant to be possible."Happy Reading and I'll "See you in HELL"!
About the author:
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by her suspense thriller Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.
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