Six confined psychopaths. A killer on the loose.
1935. As Europe prepares itself for a calamitous war, six homicidal lunatics - the so-called 'Devil's Six' - are confined in a remote castle asylum in rural Czechoslovakia. Each patient has their own dark story to tell, and Dr Viktor Kosárek, a young psychiatrist using revolutionary techniques, is tasked with unlocking their murderous secrets.
At the same time, a terrifying killer known as 'Leather Apron' is butchering victims across Prague. Successfully eluding capture, it would seem his depraved crimes are committed by the devil himself. Maybe they are...and what links him with the insane inmates of the Castle of the Eagles? Only the devil knows. And it is up to Viktor to find out.
"Deep, dark, and twisty...a gripping masterpiece of a thriller!" (Alex Grecian, New York Times best-selling author of The Yard)
"A superior thriller, at once stylish, absorbing and compulsive...a taut and chilling tale, expertly crafted...I was gripped from the very first page right up to that haunting denouement." (Laura Carlin, author of The Wicked Cometh)
"A Gothic masterpiece in psychological horror and creeping dread, The Devil Aspect is as disturbing as it is compelling. Be prepared to read it in one sitting - and to sleep with the lights on for a long time to come." (Neil Broadfoot, author of No Man's Land)
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(Partial spoiler ahead.)
About three quarters through the book I thought it was one of those stories that are thrilling and creepily entertaining and fairly well-paced – albeit also cliché-ridden and a bit on the corny side …
… but then came one of the worst twists I've encountered in a long time; followed by one of the banalest showdowns in thriller history.
The twist did come rather unexpectedly –granted– and the idea wasn't bad at all. But it was so clumsily executed that in my book it immediately degraded the story to two stars; and two only because of the promising beginning. The foreboding scenes that should have been constructed as to be reinterpreted after the twist were written in a way to render such an eye-opening reinterpretation virtually impossible. It could have been done differently though. That's the real bummer. It almost seems as though the author came up with his conclusion only while writing and couldn't be bothered to rewrite said passages to make them fit the ending.
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Ein echtes Highlight
Sprachlich ein Genuss und gut gelesen, ist dieses Hörbuch absolut empfehlenswert. Die Mischung aus Horror- und Historienroman ist sehr gelungen.