The Devil All The Time - Book Review (Spoiler-free)

Updated: Apr 23

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Published July 12th 2011 by Doubleday

The novel by Donald Ray Pollock first caught my eye when I saw the trailer for the Netflix adaptation. Like most book enthusiasts, I wanted to read the novel before seeing the movie. After spending two days consuming this book, I can honestly say this is one of the best books I've read in a long time.

This heartbreaking story follows two generations in rural Ohio and West Virginia. Part crime thriller, part modern gothic, this novel gave me the creeps (in a good way). Pollock sets up an eerie atmosphere filled with twisted characters.

If you love Gillian Flynn, then you will love this book. I loved how the author integrated the dysfunction of small town life with the violence of 1960's America. From Willard Russell's religious torment to Carl and Sandy Henderson's serial killings, The Devil All The Time will keep you on your toes.

I highly recommend this book. I also recommend reading it before you watch the Netflix adaptation. The movie was good and Tom Holland's acting was stellar, but the novel gives your more than the movie has to time to offer.

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