John Fogg is the host of a reality show where he and his team, along with his wife Theodora, investigate haunted places and search for any paranormal activity. When entering the latest building while airing live, Theo who is a medium, was not getting any readings until entering the basement where one of the crew moved an object, the result is devastating and their actions unleash an evil upon the world.
The Demonists got off to a great start where I had high hopes for this novel but unfortunately it started downhill after a great beginning. A part of that was due to the early editing that might be fixed by the time the final copy is for sale. The story would be focusing on certain characters/settings and then without warning flip to something else mid-chapter without any warning or breaks between. If it’s simply given better formatting it would help eliminate a bit of reading whiplash going between events and a better flow to the story.
Also, for me by the middle of the book the story had really lost a bit of the freshness to it as it began to drag and felt a bit like I’ve been here before. I’ve read and watched a lot of horror over the years so while I thought this story was OK I also had a feeling of deja vu after a while. I think focusing on Theo and her situation in the middle just felt too slow for me to keep my interest at it’s peak, if there’d been more on what was going on with the Teacher on how and why those events were happening perhaps I would have felt a bit differently.
By the end of the book I was also hoping for a really good wrap up to the entire story but was left feeling a bit blah when it was over. There are still some issues and situations that I felt never got answered or touched upon to my satisfaction so when done I decided to give this one 2.5 stars. I think some will probably love it, especially if there is better editing to the finished book as opposed to the ARC copy but for me I was left wanting more.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.