I want to give a big thank you to the author herself, Ms. Britney King, for sending me a free copy of her latest novel Speak of the Devil.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
In the upscale suburb where Vanessa Bolton lives, she’s your average suburban housewife.
She does her grocery shopping on Tuesday, Thursday mornings are reserved for Pilates, Sundays for church. At home, she’s an impeccable housekeeper and a mother with a mediocre track record.
But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the city, she can be whatever you want her to be–provided you can afford the hourly fee.
In the rapidly expanding cult to which she belongs, Vanessa has been assigned the role of a “Siren”–a recruiter trained to use seduction to elicit compliance from her marks.
Vanessa’s latest assignment–an unsuspecting chemist merely looking for something without strings–proves to be her toughest yet. Unwilling to neatly slide into the roles society has prescribed for them, the two collide in a sensual and savage affair that threatens not only their own lives but also those they seek to protect most.
I had to really stew after reading this book before writing this review because I wasn’t sure what I though of it. I have read the first two books in the New Hope series and really enjoyed both of them. I found them to be clever, satirical and quite funny at times in a dry humor type of way. To me, Speak of the Devil has taken this series for a turn towards the dark side. I felt like this novel had a little less of a plot than the others, and more inner dialogue. I also found Vanessa’s situation to be a little more dire and depressing that the women from the other books.
However, now that I have had some time to think it over, I think that the change I noticed in this novel might be for the best if this series is to continue. If that was in fact Ms. King’s goal, then the New Hope series has a very dark and disturbing future, and I mean that in the best way possible. I was left thinking of the quote “All good things must come to an end”. The first two books in the series let the reader decide for themselves what they think of the cultish New Hope Church. But now, it is quite clear that this church will only lead it’s followers to steep downfall. Overall, I think I am going to give this one 3.5 stars, but I am looking forward to where this series goes from here.