Dark Debts: A Novel

Dark Debts: A Novel

by Karen Hall

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Dark Debts 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this bargain, hardcover book on a whim for the sole reason that it will only cost me a dollar. I didn't expect it to be really good, but to my surprise it caught my attention from the very start and it didn't disappoint. The witty dialogues was a nice touch in this suspense thriller. The story per se, will instill fear and send you shivers. It was so interesting that I was tempted to snuck a lot of times on my review periods. I'm a medical intern and I'm used to nap on hospital beds in dark vacant rooms where people die but when I read this I chose to dozed of on a chair at the nurse's station. It was only for a couple of days though, I got over it.
honkcronk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is not a book I would normally choose to read as it is about the supernatural and demons. However, I saw it on the recommended shelf at the Book Thing in Baltimore. I have read many a good book found of these shelves. This book is a great weekend read and moves very quickly. I actually did not want to put it down and stayed up very late reading it last night. I would recommend this to anyone looking to read something for fun and escape. I did not find it scary. If you are a Roman Catholic you might be offended. I believe Rosemary's Baby was offensive to Roman Catholics when it was a bestseller and then a movie. A movie could easily be made from this and I might go to see this some summer night.
tomjohnson1940 More than 1 year ago
“Satanic Possession.” When Randa Phillips gets a call from her old boyfriend, Cam Landry, asking her to come over, she does, only to discover he has jumped from his widow in an act of suicide. To Randa, a newspaper reporter, it doesn’t make sense. Cam had just received a two hundred thousand dollar advance for his next book. Everything appeared to be going his way. Suicide could not be true. Now she felt responsible for getting his property to a brother that may not ever care that he had died. When Randa starts digging deeper into his background, she discovers a family secret so horrible it has resulted in many deaths and other atrocities. Father Michael Kinney, a catholic Jesuit priest is called in by family friends to talk to their son, whom the parents believe is possessed. What he finds is too big for him to handle alone, and the church power refuses to help him, so he seeks the aid of an independent priest who has performed exorcisms before, but the demon is too powerful for them, and before the church can save the boy he murders his parents, leaving Father Kinney feeling partly responsible. But when his mentor dies, he learns there is a deeper secret that goes beyond the boy, and connects to an evil even more powerful than he imagined, typing him into a family cursed through several generations. The writing was excellent, and the story moved smoothly. In a world of evil, when men are as evil as the demons they hope to defeat, the battle seems to be unwinnable. Demons know our weaknesses before we will admit them, and they use those weaknesses to possess our bodies. The author uses the Catholic Church and priests in this story, but she could have used men of any denomination, for men are sinful regardless of what cloth they wear. To see men trying to solve problems while wallowing in their own sin is likely a sin against God itself. First, we need to truly turn over our lives to Him before we can act for Him. That the world is filled with such sin can be seen all around us, and the author paints a clear picture of one family’s curse, but doesn’t notice how large the problem really is. Still, the painting is plain, and the message is clear. There is a war going on. A war between Good and Evil. I did get the impression that the author did not believe the Bible, her characters often calling it a book of fairy tales. I wasn’t so disturbed, as one reviewer was, by Jesus wearing jeens in the story, only that the Bible tells us when He returns, He will return in all His Glory, and all eyes will see Him. To have Him appearing to the priest in jeens, or anything else, was not a good idea. But I highly recommend this as a work of fiction. The story of a family possessed could give you nightmares – if you don’t have the Savior.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely could not put this book down and was surprised to see no other reviews. I have not stayed up all night to read (on a work day) since I was a teen. I am a parent and am not ashamed to say that I slept with the hall light on! I haven't felt fear like that in some time... well written once the action gets going. I will definately read more of this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to read the stories over again once you have read the ending. you can really get into it the second time. The only thing that confused me the first time I read it was there was a conversation that would go on between the main character and someone in her head. The only way you could tell them apart was the voice in her head was typed with a slant. But in the end you put it together in your head and it makes sense.