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A STORY OF TWO HEROES
19 November 2017
'The Devil You Know' by L A Fiore was a sensitive and uplifting read, but it was quite heart-wrenching, too. The author's style of writing was simple and in present tense, so it was nice and easy reading.
The characterisation was good for both the MCs and secondary characters. The author gave insight into Damian Tate's life from the time when he was a broken six-year old...so sad! (The impact of poor parenting is damaging, but Damian's parents were despicable.) Later, as a teen, he loved and lost as he travelled on an emotionally gruelling journey of struggle and self-discovery. Thea Ahern was the wild-haired twin sister of his friend, Cam. She had a beautiful smile and Damian was completely smitten. As teens, they developed an unbreakable bond and a passionate love, but challenges inevitably arose. It would be over a decade later before they met again, when there was still love and fire, but they were no longer the same people. How could they ever recapture what they had?
The plot/subplot was mostly strong - very emotional, interesting, show-not-tell, humourous and contained suspense and twists. But, the early part of the book was written in short snatches and there were times when following the storyline was a little convoluted. However, the resolution was very satisfying, tying off all loose ends and completing the journey.
For me that standout of 'The Devil You Know' were the characters, particularly Damian and Thea. Considering his background, Damian was truly a hero. Thea was, and continued to be, an exceptional person ... unquestionably a heroine!