We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

My first five star read this month!


We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix
Horror Fiction
Released September 2018
Amazon | Goodreads | Quirk Books 
A new novel of supernatural horror (and pop culture) from the author of Horrorstor, My Best Friend's Exorcism, and Paperbacks from Hell.

In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success -- but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.

Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western - she's tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: Turns out that Terry's meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris's very soul.

This revelation prompts Kris to hit the road, reunite with the rest of her bandmates, and confront the man who ruined her life. It's a journey that will take her from the Pennsylvania rust belt to a Satanic rehab center and finally to a Las Vegas music festival that's darker than any Mordor Tolkien could imagine. A furious power ballad about never giving up, even in the face of overwhelming odds, We Sold Our Souls is an epic journey into the heart of a conspiracy-crazed, paranoid country that seems to have lost its very soul...where only a girl with a guitar can save us all.

My Thoughts:

Everybody has been raving about this book. I haven’t read one negative thing and that’s rare in blogland. We like to complain and pick things apart. Or at least I know I do. I probably shouldn’t speak for everyone else. But I think that’s what makes us (or me) so fantastic, haha. Now that I’ve finally read it, (sorry Netgalley, I am late again but you really should know this about me by now) I totally understand why this book is being treated like horror gold. Author Grady Hendrix knows the horror scene and he’s created a modern day classic that gives the old “sold our soul to the devil” trope a fresh new spin. It’s firmly earned its place in a future Paperbacks From Hell volume.

This story is a lovingly written present to all heavy metal loving horror fans. If you grew up in the 80’s or 90’s listening to that stuff you need to buy yourself the beautiful physical copy of this book with the black binding. I’m going to do so as soon as I can. It’s seriously that good.

Kris is having a “what the hell happened to my life” moment. She’s 47 and works the front desk at a Best Western when a customer decides to piss all over the front desk. She was once a guitarist in an almost famous metal band when it all when to shit and she was forced into abandoning her dreams. When she sees a billboard with her nemesis’s face on it that declares he’s going back on tour, she decides to track down her old bandmates in order to stop the man who ruined them all.

Nothing goes as planned. And that’s what I enjoyed so much about this book. It takes turns and twists and I predicted none of them. Not a single one. It is filled with dark and disturbing surprises. I loved that the lead guitarist and main character is a strong, kick-butt kind of woman. I adored this character.

“Kris wasn’t a hugger. She had a body like a bag of knives.”

She’s also very sympathetic and determined.

“Kris wanted to press her fist to the planet and leave a mark.”

And she thinks some very funny thoughts:

“Men never know when to shut up.”

Sorry, guys, but sometimes it’s true (though the same can be said about me, I suppose!).

Music plays an enormous part in the story. It’s not a little set piece or an afterthought. This book would not exist without the music and the end is simply magical. I don’t know what else to say without giving too much away. I’m no good at writing 5 star reviews. I guess I’ll leave you with a drop everything and READ THIS BOOK RIGHT THIS MINUTE! If you hate it, you can always send your copy to me.


Comments

  1. Yay! I have this on reserve at my library and I'm first in line but it's been "in processing" for three weeks. I know they're all secretly passing it around!!!!! So glad you loved it. And I've already been warned there's no dog in this one - unlike My Best Friend's Exorcism.

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    1. Nope, no doggies. The doggies are safe! I can't say the same for some of the other people :)

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  2. Horror AND music in a book? I can't wait to read this. I haven't seen or heard anything about this book, but I will add it to my TBR and I hope to read it soon.

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  3. Wow. Such a great review. I've been reading some others too. This will definitely find its way onto my list!

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I don't think you will be disappointed with this one.

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  4. I've been seeing this book around lately, and it sounds very interesting. Great review, I'll add it to my list.

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  5. YAAASSS!! I'm so glad you loved this, and I totally get that "magical" ending, it gave me goosebumps it was so good. I also read a NetGalley copy and somewhere I had heard about the black page edges on the hardcover, so I immediately bought a copy and it's GORGEOUS.

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  6. Kris sounds like my kind of character. And the fact that you gave this 5 stars speaks volumes. Count me in! :)

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  7. I have this on my ereader! I'm very intrigued by it and seeing a lot of great reviews about it!

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  8. Awesome review!! I love your book photo! :) I can't wait to snag this one!

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  9. Awesome! I read My Best Friend's Exorcism earlier this year, and I loved it. I definitely need more Grady Hendrix in my life.

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