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The Demon Road by Derek Landy

The Demon Road by Derek Landy

Details: Full of Landy’s trademark wit, action and razor sharp dialogue, DEMON ROAD kicks off with a shocking opener and never lets up the pace in an epic road-trip across the supernatural landscape of America. Killer cars, vampires, undead serial killers: they’re all here. And the demons? Well, that’s where Amber comes in…Sixteen years old, smart and spirited, she’s just a normal American teenager until the lies are torn away and the demons reveal themselves.

Forced to go on the run, she hurtles from one threat to another, revealing a tapestry of terror woven into the very fabric of her life. Her only chance rests with her fellow travellers, who are not at all what they appear to be

I was desperate to read this before I saw him talk at the event in Bham New St Waterstones, and Ben from Harper kindly sent me an advanced copy which I finished the night before the event :)The premise of a sixteen yr old girl finding out she’s a demon is cool, add in the fact that her parents are trying to kill her and that the only way she might survive is to go on an epic road trip through the “demon roads” with a mysterious guy and an even more mysterious car. It is pure genius, and really honours the classic American horror authors like Stephen King and Joe Hill. DL himself said his inspiration was SK and Wes Craven (RIP) as well as numerous others which is really cool.
It’s dark, twisty, gory, inventive, and downright awesome.
If you’re a fan of skulduggery you will know that DL is fantastic at writing a duo of an older guy and a teen girl (in a non pervy way!!) and that he always has an element of comedy in the stories too. Demon Road has all three of these aspects yet is totally different from SP.
Read it. Read it now.

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