Author: Layton Green
Published: Thomas & Mercer, June 2013
Series: Book 3, Dominic Grey
Summary: In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another Satanic cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous.
Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I really enjoyed the first two books in the Dominic Grey series so I was really excited to read The Diabolist.
This is the third book in the Dominic Grey series but you don’t have to have read the other two books in the series to enjoy this one. There are only a couple of references to the previous books and they are by no means too invasive that you won’t understand what is happening.
The thing that I enjoyed the most about this book was the philosophical tones in the book which is something that I am very interested in.
While I would say that the second book in the series is probably my favourite I still really enjoyed reading this one as it had the right amount of mystical intrigue and possible logical explanations for some of the things that were happening.
I really enjoyed that we got to know a little bit more of Viktor's past as he is a lot more of a mysterious character than Dominic and so I quite enjoyed that this novel was based around his own personal life.
One thing I didn't like so much was that I felt the ending was quite abrupt, like, the resolution just seemed so easy when there was a lot of foreshadowing about how difficult this adversary was going to be to take down.
That being said, however, overall, I really enjoyed The Diabolist by Layton Green, these books are always interesting and if this book sounds like something you'd enjoy then I would definitely say you should give it a go.