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Demon Road

September 18, 2015 - 6:59 pm No Comments

Author: Derek Landy
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 27th Aug 2015
Page count: 512pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

I’m aware of Derek Landy from the Skullduggery Plesant books, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so when I heard about Demon Road, I knew I just had to give it a go. Especially when some of the reviews compare it to my favourite TV show, Supernatural.
And the book starts with a bang;
“Twelve hours before Amber Lamont’s parents tried to kill her, she was sitting between them in the principal’s office …”
She’s been called in by Mrs Cobb, because over the last month she has been involved in three altercations, nothing like her normal behaviour. It’s clear from the start that Amber is a strong, resilient character and as the quote says, “from the mouths of babes” – Amber’s logic and honesty in the face of adversity is honourable. Of course, the adversity isn’t what you think – it isn’t the threat from Mrs Cobb that’s the issue, it’s the calm way in which her parents react to Mrs Cobb and decide to ‘punish’ the principal.
Amber’s parents are odd, to say the least. Of course everything starts to make sense when Amber finds herself on the run, and on a hellish road trip on the Demon Road.
As always, Landy’s sense of humour shines through the narrative. On this demonic road trip we have the guy with the mysterious and dangerous background, Milo, Glen, the Irish youth exploring America and Amber. It is through Glen that most of the humour comes through, giving Landy a chance to share his Irish heritage. As for the car the group are travelling in, I can see why the publishers have compared this to Supernatural, as Milo’s car has the same amount of personality as Dean’s ‘Baby’ from that series. It’s a serious car for a serious dude!
Despite the humour there are also some dark and grim veins running through this book, which add to the overall enjoyment of the novel, from dark characters, to settings, to all manner of creatures, this is immense fun. There’s a section of the book, in the town Cascade a Falls, that reads very much like a classic Stephen King novel, but I refuse to say which one because of spoilers.
As well as the aforementioned comedy that is rife through the book, there’s also a great deal of poignancy and exploration of what exactly family is and how important family can be. And the end of the adventure is a helluva cliffhanger that means we know Amber has more adventures to come.
Skullduggery was good, but with Demon Road, Landy has outdone himself. A hellishly awesome book