The Devil Made Me Do It by Pembroke Sinclair

The Devil Made Me Do It by Pembroke Sinclair
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (51 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Astilbe

Temptation is darker than you thought.

This is a collection of five different stories that explores what it would take to drive someone to deal with the Devil. Think they’re all evil? Think again. Driven by tragedy and loss, most of the characters are looking for ways to cope. When no one else can help, the Devil steps in with an irresistable offer. From mothers to husbands to college students, each character has their own reason for leaving the path of the righteous and drifting to the dark side. What would push you to make a deal with the Devil?

Is making a deal with the devil always a bad idea?

In Retribution a man named Adrian is devastated by a personal tragedy. He decides to lubricate the squeaky wheel of justice and could never have imagined what happens next. Adrian is a surprisingly easy guy to like and despite some of his choices I found myself rooting for him. The ending was predictable but did make sense based on everything the reader learns early on.

A father’s love for and frustration with his rebellious teenage son fuels At Wit’s End. Robert and Lydia have done everything they can think of to make their son obey them but nothing is working. The plot felt a little rushed in this one and I think it would have been better if it could have been stretched out into a slightly longer story.

There is No Sin has a heart-pounding beginning when Toby experiences something peculiar when he’s put under anaesthesia for emergency surgery. I expected the action to continue and was a little disappointed to see so much time dedicated to philosophical discussions about what awaits us in the afterlife.

Abigail’s dilemma in The Last Temptation is a tough one. While angels and demons battle over her future in an otherworldly court she’s given one final chance to have a say in where she will spend eternity. At first the flashbacks seemed as though they were misplaced but I soon grew accustomed to leaping from past to present and back again. Despite this momentary confusion this was by far the creepiest tale of them all.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a demon? Rain’s job in The Soul Collector isn’t one I envy. When certain people on earth die it is her duty to attempt to collect their souls and bring them to hell. She doesn’t decide who goes to heaven, hell, or purgatory, she’s simply responsible for making sure they end up in her territory if that’s where they belong. This could easily be expanded into a full length novel if the author wishes and I sincerely hope that I will one day learn more about Rain and her adventures.

Ultimately The Devil Made Me Do It is a solid collection and the complimentary nature of these stories make them perfect spine-tingler to curl up with on a cold, dreary night.

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