A crippling blizzardisly discoveries in an old church in Harlem.a small apartment building cut off by the mounting storm, its tenants trapped with a vicious killer that may or may not be humand an unholy manuscript stolen from a dead sorcerer that could very well hold the secrets to opening the gates of Hell MANHATTAN GRIMOIRE, the terrifying new novel by Sandy DeLuA crippling blizzardisly discoveries in an old church in Harlem.a small apartment building cut off by the mounting storm, its tenants trapped with a vicious killer that may or may not be humand an unholy manuscript stolen from a dead sorcerer that could very well hold the secrets to opening the gates of Hell MANHATTAN GRIMOIRE, the terrifying new novel by Sandy DeLuca Gina has seen strange visions since childhood Her mother was considered insane for having the same affliction, and before her disappearance, Gina s sister Allie was obsessed with black magic and saw things too It eventually led her to a depraved conjurer known as Mojo DeCanne, a man who possessed a book of demonic spells Allie stole and hid in Gina s apartment in the days before she vanished Now, as Manhattan braces for the worst snowstorm in decades, and Gina s visions become worse, blurring the lines between nightmare and reality, Mojo DeCanne has come looking for what is his In order to solve the mystery of her sister s disappearance and the meaning behind her own shattered life, Gina must first survive the night and somehow stop an unimaginable evil from fulfilling its horrific destiny Darkness falls on Manhattan The blizzard grows worse And the lights go out.
Disclosure: I received this book free as a prize, from a Meet the Author event hosted by Darkfuse. Something about Sandy Deluca's writing gets to me. I am not sure exactly what it is, but IT exists. This is a story of a young woman that takes place during a huge blizzard in the city of New York.I like the way Ms. Deluca writes women. They are deeply flawed creatures, riddled with guilt and they carry the burdens of tough lives. Yet they are stronger than they appear. Stronger than they think the [...]
This was my first DeLuca book and I must say that I really enjoyed it! It reminded me a bit of the movie Jacob’s Ladder for some reason (in a good way). This was a very dark and twisted tale. It blurred the lines of reality and nightmare as our protagonist Gina tries desperately to get a grip of her sanity and find the strength to fight an old and vengeful evil. I am glad I found Sandy DeLuca and look forward to reading more from her.
*3.5 stars*I love Sandy's work and this is a vivid, twisted story but a majority of staccato sentences wore on me after a while. Still worth a read, but not my favorite of hers.
Intelligent and haunting.
This author was recommended to me by a friend on a sbject of how there aren't really many very good female authors in horror genre. And sure enough, DeLuca's good, but not quite my thing. The writing reminded me of the vintage Skipp and Spector, even DeLuca's New York seems to be the filthy nightmarish abyss of the 80s and not the prettified (though still a nightmarish abyss to me) current version. Took me a while to get into this book (never really enjoyed Skipp and Spector all that much either [...]
Story was good, loved the end, the drawback for this was that I couldn't identify with the lead character. This is really important to me especially when a story is written in the first person. This is not the author's fault. The lead just had nothing I could latch onto so I could think of her as 'me' in the story. Readers that can I think will enjoy this book immensely.Overall an entertaining, supernatural story. After I finished, it's one of the books you grab a coffee and sit at the table and [...]
I liked this book. I think mainly because the line between reality and supernatural was blurred. I never quite knew what was real or if the events happening were in the minds of the characters. That part about the not knowing made it a lot more credible and creepy for me. I liked the characters and really enjoyed their interaction. This book was very scary and I don't recommend reading it at night, unless you want nightmares.
This book is 134 of 159 copies signed and numbered by Sandy DeLuca.
Well this book is not one I enjoyed. To be precise it's one that I felt more alienated.This book is not a full lenghted novel but only a novella. To me it doesn't matter the size. If the book is well written it could be only 100 pages. I've never heard of Sandy DeLuca and this was my first introduction to her. Well it was not the most fruitful. Even if I didn't enjoy this book maybe I will return sometime later.Throughout the story, Gina, sees morbid visions, demons and other bizarre manifestati [...]
I'd be lying if I didn't admit struggling through this short horror novel. It took me some two months to get through (which is forever for me reading a book this size). Maybe I've read one too many tales where a sibling goes looking for a missing or "vanished" sibling and discovers horror. Too much retread in order to fully appreciate the author's take. And the black magic angle just seemed hokey and forced to me at virtually every turn.The antagonist, Mojo DeCanne (love the name!), was easily m [...]
Absolute awesome read!!!I did have a hard time at the beginning trying to figure out all the different mental crises Gina was experiencing, but the more I read the easier the understanding and the story began to roll together smoothly.Gina's mother dies when she is younger due to demons of her own and then her sister Allie disappears. Allie's last known whereabouts are an old rundown church in Harlem. Gina is drawn to the church and starts to have dreams of Allie and other mysterious characters. [...]
Gina has missed her sister since her disappearance. An interestingly strange, almost poetic when Gina pits her strength against all she is involved into up until now that Allie has disappeared, a twitchy magical dark fantasy novella that constructs New York as the old haunt of a mystical man known as Mojo DeCanne a Jamaican sorcerer thought long dead who’d possessed much magic that he may still be alive. Weirdness arrives alive and engulfs Gina, and basically everyone she knows because of the [...]
I don't have the heart to give a ONE star review but this was not the book i expected, the whole thing was FAR too trippy and weird and thankfully its explained away at the end but even then its not enough and the trip continues. This was the book that made me realise i HATE untrustworthy narrators.
Hmm, it was alright. It got confusing at times. (Real rating would probably be 2.5, but you can't do half stars).
This book was very well written, and scared the crap out of me reading it. I could only give it a 2 star rating though as the ending totally ticked me off and made me wish I hadn't read it.