Review: The Present by D S Devlin
The central premise of this one is great. A serial killer who utilises a popular Christmas song to unleash hell on his victims, ruining lives year after year. Anna, a plucky journalist, is enlisted to help stop him after
Rating this one 3.5 out of 5 for Goodreads, as the ending was a bit of a disappointment. The ramping up of the twelve days of Christmas was impressive, with Santa’s house of horrors leaving me flying through the pages, but it felt like there was something missing towards the end.
The ending felt a little too focused on the identity of Santa rather than on stopping him, on the killer rather than his innocent victim. There was even a mention of the killer as a “victim” – despite the fact that he murdered multiple people over many years in extremely violent ways.
Anna’s happy ending at the end of the novel was a great touch, making this novel’s Christmas notes more than simply the violence of a creepy Santa.
Thank you to NetGalley, HarperCollins and D S Devlin for the opportunity to read The Present.