Devil's Mountain by Bernadette Walsh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
At first I was a little put off by the way this story was told. However, to give all the information and to keep the action moving, I can't really see any other way it could have been told. The story begins with a young woman named Caroline at her wedding to Bobby Connelly. The pair met in New York, but both of their families were from a very small area of Ireland and both families had ties back to Devlin's Mountain. Caroline's mother had known Bobby's mother and although neither of them will say why, neither of them approve of the wedding. The story takes you through the history of the Devlin family and their peculiar mythology.
Through the telling of Mary Devlin's story, you learn the history of the "five families" of Devlin's Mountain. Through Caroline's story, you learn the modern threat to their line and see the unfortunate handwriting on the wall. (view spoiler)[Mary Devlin is the supposed last in the line of Devlin women who made a pact with the devil Slanaitheoir. In exchange for the first born female through the Devlin line, the five families would be allowed free of their entrapment. Every first born woman to the Devlin family then became the Whore of the Mountain and would serve Slanaitheoir until he freed them with their death and took the next of the line. Mary tried to end the curse, but through Caroline's desperate need for children, she unwittingly birthed the next decedent to serve Slanaitheoir. (hide spoiler)]
This story keeps you guessing and despite having all of the story laid out before you, it still keeps you wondering. By the time I hit the end of the book, I was left with a feeling of longing and the desperate curiosity to know where the story is going based off the epilogue. Without Mary Devlin to teach them the ways of the beast, to teach them how to protect themselves from him, what will happen to little Kathy?
You will hate Him for all that He's taken, but you will love Him. God help you, you will love Him.
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