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The Devil Aspect

"A stunning, murderous mix of Eastern European folklore and a serial killer await you in this absolute belter of a novel."

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This is an absolute belter of a novel. Awaiting you is a stunning, murderous mix of Eastern European folklore and a serial killer, set during 1935 in rural Czechoslovakia. Psychiatrist Dr Viktor Kosarek takes up a position in Hrad Orlu Asylum for the criminally insane to study the ‘Devil’s Six’, while in Prague, a serial killer is announced. The page and a half prologue sets the novel up brilliantly, the last sentence, so starkly delivered, chilled me to the bone. My mind entered the most vividly real locations, I slipped through the streets of Prague and flinched as I entered the Castle. Craig Russell crosses several genres and balances a number of themes seamlessly, which I just adored. My thoughts pushed and pulled at my emotions as they balanced together on a cliff edge. The Devil Aspect, is a dark, haunting whopper of a story and it set my imagination on fire. So good, it has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book and just had to be one of my Liz Robinson picks of the month.

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A great page turner of a crime thriller. Deliciously creepy, with an almost Gothic horror flavour to it.

The Devil Aspect is a gripping Gothic crime thriller. Dark and chilling, the author expertly creates a sinister, threatening atmosphere, helped in part by being set during the rise of Nazism and Nationalism, just before the Second World War.

The novel centres around Dr Viktor Kosárek, a young psychiatrist, who, at the beginning of the book, joins the staff at the Hrad Orlů Asylum, which is based in Hrad Orlů Castle. The castle is rich in myth and legends and is thought to be the Mouth of Hell by the local population. The asylum is also widely known to house The Devil’s Six. These people are supposed to be six psychopathic inmates responsible for horrific murders.... Read Full Review

Rachael Anderson

The Devil Aspect is a fascinating take on a serial killer thriller which I enjoyed immensely.

Steeped in atmosphere and infused with a sense of brooding menace, The Devil Aspect is a fascinating mash-up of serial killer thriller, psychological examination and outright horror story, all set against the ominous backdrop of the Nazi uprising inside the Czech border. Two main threads progress concurrently until they merge into a thrilling finale with a deft twist that really is a stunner, making for an inventive and thoroughly entertaining read.

Jungian influenced young psychiatrist Dr Viktor Kosàrek departs Prague in 1935 to take up a new post as a clinician at the notorious Hrad Orlu Asylum, located inside the walls of a Gothic castle. His intention is to test his Devil Aspect theory by interviewing six of the countries most depraved killers, collectively dubbed the ‘Devil’s Six’ and all labelled with their own distinctive moniker.... Read Full Review

Rachel Hall

The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell was a very pleasant read for me for many reasons! I am so glad I got the chance to read it!

The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell was a very pleasant read for me for many reasons! I am so glad I got the chance to read it!

This book was such a pleasurable roller coaster. I wasn’t able to put it down and I read it in only a few days. The writing is unbelievable and I am going to be picking up other books from this author, for the sole reason of his writing. The Devil Aspect was so intriguing and it kept me on my toes at all times. I found it extremely enjoyable.

The blend of mythology, culture and psychology is perfectly put together, and having lived in the Balkan countries, I can easily relate to many of the cultural aspects.... Read Full Review

Ivana A.