“The Merciless” by Danielle Vega

Quick Statistics

  • “The Merciless” by Danielle Vega
  • Young Adult Horror
  • Read as a paperback
  • 2/5 stars
  • Finished October 13, 2015

Official Synopsis

Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?

My Thoughts/Summary

So this book was highly recommended to me, and I’m not…sure why to be honest. This book was way too much for me. I’ve never been a horror fan, it’s just never been a genre I’m interested in and I was told that this one would be more what I would be looking for. In fact it was described as Mean Girls meets horror and I was…oddly in? I love thinking about what I would do in certain situations and how they would pan out. This book just didn’t do it for me.

The Merciless follows a girl named Sophia and her induction into a friend group that apparently? believes in Jesus? (I use the question marks because it was all very weird) all while hinting at the fact of exorcism and wrong people, wrong place, wrong time. Basically, the leader of the Mean Girls group kidnaps Brooklyn, takes her to a model home???? and they decide to give her an exorcism. Brooklyn was always nice to Sophia, so Sophia feels sympathy towards her and makes every attempt not to hurt her.

Except they do hurt her, quite a freaking bit. And there were many times that I got squeamish because it was just too much for me. I don’t like senseless violence and this was pretty senseless. I was intrigued by the idea of twists and turns “How do they get out” kind of thing but it wasn’t that. It turned into just…gross and not my type of book. Granted, I was always the kid in school that wanted to take care of everyone, and I have a tendency to this day to be overly sensitive about things but this was just too much.

I somehow finished this book. Usually once I hit the 70 page rule/mark I try to finish it, even if I’m not enjoying it. I don’t know if this is a book you should enjoy though. Brooklyn flies off the handle in the end and actually ends up being “part of the evil” and says that Sophia is one of their own? I feel like it would have been way more spooky if Brooklyn was on the run or whatever but instead now we throw in some weird “one of us” thing.

This book just didn’t do it for me. I actually felt like throwing up at the end and was so glad to just be done. It’s also gone in my rehoming pile. Ugh. Why do I buy books again???

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