Devil House, by John Darnielle

Staff Pick

Darnielle delivers a nuanced look at the true crime genre in his eerie and melancholy Devil House. The novel is bookended by Chandler Gage whose latest project--an unsolved double murder--takes him to a small town in Southern California at the height of the 1980s Satanic Panic. As he investigates questions of agency and ethics, especially regarding the victims in the stories he tries to tell, Gage revisits his past work and examines the larger context of victimization, a process Darnielle powerfully evokes through a fascinating amalgam of gothic horror, true-crime procedural, indictment of gentrification, and much more. The result is a compelling page-turner that reminds readers that there is always more to the story than what meets the eye.

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ISBN: 9780374212230
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Published: MCD - January 25th, 2022