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The Devil Aspect: A Novel de Craig Russell
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The Devil Aspect: A Novel (edição: 2019)

de Craig Russell (Autor)

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"A novel set in Czechoslovakia in 1935, in which a brilliant young psychiatrist takes his new post at an asylum for the criminally insane that houses only six inmates--the country's most depraved murderers--while, in Prague, a detective struggles to understand a brutal serial killer who has spread fear through the city, and who may have ties to the asylum"--… (mais)
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Título:The Devil Aspect: A Novel
Autores:Craig Russell (Autor)
Informação:Doubleday (2019), Edition: 1st Edition, 432 pages
Coleções:Read 2019, Lidos mas não possuídos
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:historical-fiction, horror-fiction

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The Devil Aspect de Craig Russell

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1935. An asylum outside Prague. Viktor Kosarek is a psychologist who dreams of being able to cure the severely insane. Not just any mentally ill patients...but the most dangerous. The criminally insane. Murderers. Those who have what he calls The Devil Aspect. Kosarek decides to conduct an experiment. He will use narcoanalysis to get inside the heads of six serial killers held in the asylum. Five men and one woman. A cocktail of drugs will allow him to probe for their impressions of their crimes and give him a way to perhaps make them confront their personal demons. What he discovers is more disturbing and twisted than he ever imagined.

This story is chillingly frightening. It really brings home the idea that some things are best left alone. Kosarek has good intentions....he really wants to help people. But, searching for the devil -- even inside the minds of killers -- is never a safe endeavor....mostly because sometimes you find him.

This book is a creepy, disturbing, and twisted tale. I loved it! I halfway saw the twist coming at the end....but was still pleasantly surprised at the way the plot played out. Nicely done! I like this author's writing style. The plot wasn't presented in a heavy handed way, despite the gruesome details. Things progressed more subtlety until the ending smacked me in the head. Totally awesome!

This is the first book by Craig Russell that I've read. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

**I voluntarily read an advance readers copy of this book from Doubleday Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.** ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
There's quite a lot going on in this book. It draws on a wide number of familiar horror tropes. On the eve of world war, a serial killer who seems to be emulating Jack the Ripper is terrorizing Prague. A young psychoanalyst has taken a position at a remote asylum in the Czech countryside where the country's most notorious serial killers are all housed to test his theory of psychosis that he calls the "devil aspect." The asylum itself is as gothic as it can be as it is housed in an old castle that itself is built on top of a network of tunnels in the mountain and the site of a legendary evil. Of course, these two story lines are brought together and of course there is a twist at the end. I thought this was quite entertaining, even if it did have a sense of "everything but the kitchen sink" being thrown in, and like many modern novels, it seems a tad overlong. I wouldn't look to this novel for anything particularly innovative or new, but if you enjoy sinking your teeth into highly gothic horror with a lot of madness and storms and talk of evil, this will be a good read for you. ( )
  sturlington | Sep 8, 2020 |
1935, Prague.

A young doctor named Viktor comes to the ancient castle/asylum, Hrad Orlu, excited to test his new theories in psychology. Housed at this asylum, isolated atop a mountain, are the 6 most dangerous killers alive today. At the bottom of the mountain in the town proper, a police detective named Lukas is trying his best to solve a series of murders which the press attributes to the "leather apron killer." At the same time as these events, the Nazis are on the rise in Germany. Will Viktor's new theories pan out, and allow psychiatry to identify dangerous individuals in the future? Will Lukas find his killer? Will the Nazis put a stop to all of that before it has even properly begun? You'll have to read THE DEVIL ASPECT to find out!

I found this book to be a marvelous new (to me), voice in fiction. The synopsis had me so psyched I couldn't help but want to read it right away. I loved the Gothic setting of the castle, surrounded by rocky areas and dense forest. (What horror lover doesn't love that type of isolated setting?) Yet, just down the mountain is a town full of scared people. Losing its citizens one by one to a brutally violent killer, with what seems like zero progress by the police- I almost expected to see the townsfolk armed with torches heading up to the castle. (Because, surely that must be from where their misfortune emanates?)

But, that didn't happen, because the voice of Craig Russell is more original than that. This tale twisted and turned until I had no clue what was going to happen! As more of Viktor's theories were tested, some things became clearer, while others became more perplexing. On top of all this, there was the rise of the Nazi party always in the background. Combined together, these components contributed to the overall feelings of anxiety and darkness that permeated this book.

So why 4 stars and not 5? I felt the pacing dragged a bit during the middle portion of the story. Even though I was interested in all of the criminals Viktor was interviewing, I didn't feel that all of them were integral to the tale. It's a small thing, but at times I felt like I had been reading quite a lot without really getting anywhere.

This is what I took away from THE DEVIL ASPECT: A NOVEL. Fun? Check! Hypnotizing scenes between the doctor and the criminals? Check! A Gothic castle, set atop a mountain surrounded by a dense forest, and creating a dark and gloomy atmosphere? Check! Twists and turns galore which put our heroes in jeopardy? Check! A denouement to beat the band? Hell yes!

In short, (too late!), I recommend this novel to fans of the above, but most especially to fans of Gothic fiction and psychological horror! I predict that this novel is going to knock some socks off!

Available March 5th, but you can pre-order here: https://amzn.to/2SIQwgd

*Thank you to Doubleday and NetGalley for the e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.* ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
Bought this book on a whim and I am really glad I did.
The book is centred just before WWII in Czechoslovakia and there is a dreading sense all the way through about the devastation to come. This gives the book an extremely disturbing setting. The castle turned mad house, seals that deal. Atmosphere is brilliant throughout, making the pages basically turn themselves.
In the castle, we can find The Devil’s Six, who are 6 serial killers of the most deviant and disturbed kind.
Along comes a psychiatrist with a revolutionary new theory in which he seeks The Devil Aspect in each patient. He claims this is where the Devil resides and it is what fuels these individuals to kill so viciously.
At the same time, there is a serial murderer on the loose who has been named Leather Apron. He only kills women in the most savage way. Made my skin crawl every time.
With these two stories happening alongside, we never see the true revelation coming in the end. It really took me by surprise.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you can stomach true evil, then by all means jump on this wagon. You will not regret it. ( )
  AleAleta | Mar 8, 2020 |
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The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell was a very pleasant read for me for many reasons! I am so glad I got the chance to read it!

The Plot


A terrifying novel set in Czechoslovakia in 1935, in which a brilliant young psychiatrist takes his new post at an asylum for the criminally insane that houses only six inmates–the country’s most depraved murderers–while, in Prague, a detective struggles to understand a brutal serial killer who has spread fear through the city, and who may have ties to the asylum.

Psychiatrist Victor is starting a new job in the Asylum where the Devil’s Six are – Czech Republic’s most dangerous murderers. Victor has a theory by the name of the Devil Aspect, where he believes that is manifested in these six murderers. He believes it comes out in certain circumstances, making these people commit crimes, but not being aware they have done it. Something similar to a split personality, but in this case, the murderers think that the Devil is next to them, and he is making them do all these things.

My thoughts

This book was such a pleasurable roller coaster. I wasn’t able to put it down and I read it in only a few days. The writing is unbelievable and I am going to be picking up other books from this author, for the sole reason of his writing. The Devil’s Aspect was so intriguing and it kept me on my toes at all times. I found it extremely enjoyable.

The blend of mythology, culture and psychology is perfectly put together, and having lived in the Balkan countries, I can easily relate to many of the culture aspects. It was perfectly described and I felt as if I am in 1935 together with the characters. The time and place are wonderfully written, with incredible accuracy.

The ending was the most pleasurable, and without spoiling anything, I will only say a few things… Be ready for everything to happen. This book has many twists and many scenes where dangerous things are happening. A lot of intensity which I devoured with great pleasure. If you are coming for an adventure, you will get even more that you bargained for.

Proceed at your own risk! And good luck!

Thank you to the team at LoveReading UK and the author, Craig Russell, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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