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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Shot to Hell by Angela Falkowska, Sister Mary Christopher has a rather humdrum life as a nun. Everything changes when she is accidentally killed by a hit man, who also killed the town's mayor. Her soul goes straight to Hell, a ‘mistake’ by St. Peter. In Hell, Satan is bored. Annoyed by having Sister Mary in his abode, Satan decides to take this opportunity to break his boredom. Satan offers Sister Mary another chance at life. In return, she must take revenge on the person who ruined her life.
I hardly raised an eyebrow when Sister Mary refused. As a result, Satan keeps increasing her level of punishment in Hell to make her agree. This is where the fun starts, literally, for the souls in Hell. Sister Mary makes the poor souls sing while shoveling coal into a gigantic furnace, having fun while flying through a hurricane and whatnot. It is a comical read for a usually serious religious matter. The protagonist is not your typical nun – the witty ‘Holy Terror’ has a big secret of her own. The plot is not as tight as one would hope for, but the humorous dialogue and the story’s fast pace are more than enough to compensate for this imperfection.
As for the ending and Sister Mary’s final fate, I did not expect such a twist at all. On the whole, Shot to Hell is a lighthearted, quick read for anyone to enjoy. On the other hand, this may not be a suitable read for anyone who does not appreciate a twisted, biblical humor.