Devil’s Day is the second book I’ve read by Andrew Michael Hurley. The first was The Loney, which was an award winner. Devil’s Day is one of those books that if you expect the story given to you a plate, you’ll be waiting. It is a slow, meandering book of excellent story telling from start to finish. It’s one of those books, that makes you ask what is real and what is not.
The story jumps from the present to the past. John Pentecost is now a teacher but he originates from a farming community called the Endlands. He’s newly married to Kat, a vicars daughter, and she is pregnant with their first child. Maybe this is why it has become so important to him to revisit his childhood home. The narration weaves from John telling his story of the present with his son, Adam, to the past where he first brings Kat to the Endlands and his memories of when he was growing up. The Endlands is an isolated area, full of stark beauty and hardship. The story is full of folklore and stories of the devil who is said to haunt the land, bringing disaster and mayhem in his wake. It felt haunting throughout and your imagination is left to fill in the shivery blanks.
5/5. I actually loved this book but if it’s non stop action you want , this isn’t for you. If you like your British haunting folklore and a slow burning story, this is a winner. I enjoyed it more than The Loney, it’s less bleak and much more richly woven.
Thank you for this ARC copy from Netgalley and John Murray Press.