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.
When Kevin volunteered to travel to a war-ravaged country in Africa to help out his childhood buddy, Bill, now a physician with Doctors Without Borders, he knew he might face danger. But he could not have envisioned the brief, nightmare encounter that would rob him of his friend, his principles, and quite possibly his sanity. When he returns to his family in the United States, he carries with him not only survivors' guilt, but, according to a grizzled old juju man in the service of a warlord, a powerful demon.
Liz cannot understand why, precisely, she agreed to go camping with her old college friend Kevin and his sullen teenage daughter, but it was clear that in the wake of his sudden divorce and a horrific family tragedy, Kevin needed someone to lean on. The canoeing trip in the Boundary Waters was supposed to be an escape, an opportunity to bring back the old Kevin. But once in the forests, Kevin's behavior grows increasingly off-kilter, and Liz feels a growing sense of unease, one that ripens into fear. As the trio glide further into the wilderness, it becomes clear that someone, or something, is stalking them.
|Publisher:||Dystel & Goderich Literary Management|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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. I received an eBook copy from Novel Publicity for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.