Monday, November 10, 2008

Book review - DEMON by Tosca Lee

Captain's Log, Stardate 11.10.2008

Tosca Lee

Recently divorced and mired in a meaningless existence, Clay drifts from his drab apartment to his equally lusterless job as an editor for a small Boston press--until the night Lucian finds him and everything changes with the simple words, "I'm going to tell you my story, and you're going to write it down and publish it."

What begins as a mystery soon spirals into chaotic obsession as Clay struggles to piece together Lucian's dark tale of love, ambition, and grace--only to discover that the demon's story has become his own.

And then only one thing matters: learning how the story ends.

Camy here:

This is one of the best books I’ve read yet this year. Seriously. I knew it would be good because I’ve heard tons of people say it was terrific, and I wasn’t disappointed.

This is a clever, innovative, mind-boggling novel that gave me an entirely new perspective of demons, of grace, and of God’s divinity. It’s a fascinating picture of redemption and the gospel like none other I’ve read before.

As far as I can tell, it’s biblically accurate, but the author delves deeper into the passages in Genesis (and also others in the Old Testament) to create a vibrant, emotional picture of God Almighty.

(And really, who cares if it doesn’t agree with someone’s theology? It’s a beautiful story that shows a facet of God I’d never realized.)

I don’t often recommend books to my husband, because he is not a reader. He has only finished one book in the years I’ve known him, and that was my first novel (and that was only because I made a teeny mistake in a sports analogy, which he caught, so he had to read the rest of it to make sure I didn’t have any other glaring errors to embarrass him).

Anyway, I have recommended this book to him, because it’s not just a story, it’s a dramatically different way to view God’s power and sovereignty in a way I’d never thought of before.

Click here to read an excerpt!


  1. This sounds like an awesome book. I'd love to read it! Especially since it sounds like it might be the type of book I'm trying to write - similar maybe (though mine's not a memoir)

  2. I just started reading it. I'm on chapter three and completely HOOKED! She's a fantastic writer.

    OH, and my hubby's the same way. LOL

  3. Hi Camy!

    I had the opportunity to read and finish Demon earlier this year(or last year), and I agree that it was a very deep, thought provoking novel. Of course some people may knock the clever way Tosca wrote her book, and may even think it is non-theological. But the fact is, this book was a real heart opener to how demons move, and their history as it relates to us. This was Clay's memoir-but it felt like our memoir, as a human race. I hear that her new book, Havah is good too. I haven't read it yet, I want to take my time before delving into another of her good works!

  4. I loved this book! It was one of my favorites last year. Then about a week ago I read Havah--also a winner.

  5. Georgiana,

    You read Havah? Oh, my I know its a winner :)