The Demonologist by Andrew Pyper
This is a deeply disappointing horror novel about miserablism. A professor of demonic literature loses his daughter in a canal in Venice. He knows demons took her and he goes on a quest inspired by Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ to find her. This was a ludicrous tale of demonic indoctrination. The idea of demons surrounding us is creepy but the concept is wasted as it is overshadowed by the author’s trope that female sexuality is evil. This was unpalatable crap.
“You did it.”
“No, not me. Something worse.”
“As if someone had challenged him to a self-destructive competition and he was damned if he was going to lose.”