There are a lot of books that will grab you with some horror, but that’s not what Grady Hendrix does with his work. Ok, there are horror elements, and I’ve read another book by the author, but this is not one that I found to be grand. I’m sure that Hendrix puts on a showcase for some readers, but for me, I found myself having a hard time getting through “My Best Friend’s Exorcism”. This one is not exactly fast and easy, but more so, a 1980s movie wrapped up in a horror film, but with less entertainment value, and less musical direction. Oh, well it is a book after all, so I guess I should’ve put on a better soundtrack.
Let’s go back to the 1980s, and we all start to take in our main characters, Abby and Gretchen and they seem to be growing apart a little after they take LSD and then disappear for a while. As the novel progresses, we are taken through the changes that could very well trigger anyone to get scared, but of course, the title gives it away, this is about the devil!
I would write a lot more, but this book didn’t grip me. It didn’t really get me through any hardship, it didn’t make me think to much, nor is it something that I’m going to read again and again. It’s good enough, ok at best, and well, it was entertaining, and honestly, isn’t that what we need in reading sometimes?
The demon possession is interesting, although a bit mild, and more comedic at times, than horror. Yes, it has elements of horror, yes, it’s a good read, but is it a fantastic trip? Not really. It is not a long book, but the premise and Hendrix’s writing style shine through, so I appreciated that. I guess it was just a fun, fast, forgettable read for me, rather than an epic. Then again, it wasn’t meant to be, and at over 300 pages, it works. I suspect this is going to be a PG-13 horror movie, and why not, it certainly reads like one.
You can read “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” in paperback by clicking here, and see if you liked it better than I did.