The Devil You Know

Until You Don't

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
330 Pages
Reviewed on 06/22/2022
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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite

The exciting fantasy novel The Devil You Know: Until You Don't by Monique Singleton begins when Gabriel thinks he could be better than his brother and earn favor with his dad (who pretends to be God). All he had to do was take out a rogue priest who decided to work against the so-called “Establishment.” Gabriel did not expect that the priest would not be beaten easily. During their more than equal fight, the ex-priest tells Gabriel things that make him think. After parting ways, the “angel” does some research in his dimension and realizes that his family’s business is not quite what it seems. It is a scam. It is a cruel deception that preys on the souls of Christians who believe they will go to heaven by making a deal with “God.” The deal is the biggest betrayal and now that Gabriel knows what his family is up to, he is eager to stop the fraud. Then his family takes it all up a notch, and the whole world is plunged into chaos.

The Devil You Know by Monique Singleton was entertaining. It is the kind of book that makes you realize you’ve been reading for longer than planned and it was more enjoyable than I expected. I am always a bit suspicious about books that include a Christian element, but I did not need to worry about this. It is full of action and has a lot of thought-provoking content. It is a story about religion as a scam, especially Christianity. It contrasts the people who believe because they are told so and people who genuinely believe – even though the two merge when it comes to the Establishment. It also concerns the higher-ups in the church taking advantage of more naïve people. I found it interesting and the characters were engaging. I enjoyed the journey and am looking forward to more. The mix of reality and fantasy was well done, there was plenty of excitement but balanced with calmer plot sequences. I have to admit that I just love it when the rich, powerful people in churches who only care about power and money get what they deserve, even if it's only fiction.