All of us knew him. One of us killed him...
Seven women stand in shock in a seedy hotel room; a man's severed head sits in the centre of the floor. Each of the women - the wife, the teenager, the ex, the journalist, the colleague, the friend, and the woman who raised him - has a very good reason to have done it, yet each swears she did not. In order to protect each other, they must figure out who is responsible, all while staying one step ahead of the police.
Against the ticking clock of a murder investigation, each woman's secret is brought to light as the connections between them converge to reveal a killer.
A dark and nuanced portrait of love, loyalty, and manipulation, Speak of the Devil explores the roles in which women are cast in the lives of terrible men...and the fallout when they refuse to stay silent for one moment longer.
The Sexy Nerd's Review. . .
This story opens with a severed head missing its body. There are seven women with each of their own stories pondering on which one of them has killed this head without a body. They stare at its grotesquely disfigurement knowing each of them carries their own secret connection to, what was once, a human man named Jamie Spellman.
Jamie was the gorgeous type. The type of guy that young and older women craved and lusted after. The funny thing though, the women who have gathered around Jamie’s head, have met him at different stages of Jamie’s life wondering if he deserved to be where he is at this point? One of the women didn’t feel he deserved to be dead, while the other six figured he’d got exactly what was coming to him. What could Jamie have done that was so bad that someone beheaded him? Well, readers, of course you have to read the story to find out what secrets these women have to tell. And, after you’ve done so, the stories of their past will become ensnared in a web of lies, deceit, lust and even murder.
When you’re dealing with a multitude of characters, it can become so messy and convoluted that you forget what is going on. Often, I had to really think about each of the women when it was time for her to tell her connection to the dearly departed, Jamie Spellman. If you put the book down and try to pick it back up, I found it was better to end on one of the women’s stories instead of leaving a chapter undone because that confused me more. I found myself having to go back and see which character was speaking. I have to say, this grated on my nerves because it was entirely too many women to keep up with. But, having said that, once the years past and the present collided and the story began to make sense to me, it got interesting, especially the ending. I had my doubts and suspicions on who killed Jamie, and I’m happy to say I did manage to figure it out. However, having said that, it didn’t take anything away from the story. I had two suspects in mind the entire time and I was on the money.
The Sexy Nerd gives Speak of the Devil four additional characters to throw the readers off. At the end of the day, I liked this book. It took a minute for me to get a handle on the rhythm of the story, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Would I have preferred to not have to follow seven different women, absolutely, but again, once you figure out what is happening, it will all make sense in the end. Speak of the Devil goes on sale Tues., June 13, 2023 at your favorite book retailers or wherever books are sold. Until next time, Nerds, you know what to do!