Book Review: Reaping the Dark by Gary McMahon

20984217Title: Reaping the Dark
Author: Gary McMahon
Genre: Dark Fiction, Horror
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 3 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

A streetwise getaway driver…
A drug raid that ends in bloodshed…
A violent criminal hell-bent on revenge…
A secret order of occultists…
And something summoned from the darkest depths of nightmare.
Who will survive this long, dark night, and how will it change them? And what kind of horror will be born from the chaos left behind?
If the old adage is true and we reap what we sow, then only evil can be unleashed by Reaping the Dark.

In Reaping the Dark, he’s known as Driver Z, but his real name is Clarke. He’s a getaway driver for robberies, and knows better than anyone how to handle criminals. But when a robbery goes wrong, and he gets the cash, and only one of the robbers survive, Clarke starts dreaming of a new life. Away from crime. A new beginning for himself, his girlfriend, and their unborn baby.

But things don’t work out that way. Because the organization who got robbed has secretly been worshipping the occult for the last few centuries, and now they’ve unleashed a demon to reclaim the money and punish Clarke for stealing from them. But would they go through so much trouble just to get their money back? Or is something else going on?

The writing is great. The pacing is fast, and there’s plenty of stuff going on to keep you entertained. I got a good feel of Clarke’s personality, which was complex, and intriguing. The only downside was be how unbelievably far-fedged some of the things mentioned are. Or maybe I just didn’t get all of it.

I know, this is dark fiction, so basically, anything is allowed. But I just don’t understand why. Why would this occultist organization set it all up like that? I know their motive, but it seems like they went through a lot of trouble for something they could’ve gotten a lot easier. Is it all a coincedence, or a set up from the start? If it’s a set up, why go for such an elaborate set up then? If it’s coincedence, how much coincedence can there be in one book?

That’s the only thing that bothered me. I put the thought out of my mind for the most part, while reading, so I ended up enjoying the book. But it kept nagging at me. It seems too elaborate when there are easier ways for the occultist organization to get what they want.

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