The Devil Aspect: A Novel

Written by:
Craig Russell
Narrated by:
Julian Rhind-Tutt

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2019
15 hours 24 minutes
Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border, this bone-chilling, richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining, and impossible to put down.

'A wildly entertaining story...Russell has created a truly frightening story.' —The New York Times Book Review

Czechoslovakia, 1935: Viktor Kosárek, a newly trained psychiatrist who studied under Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane. The facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle surrounded by forests, on a site that is well known for concealing dark secrets going back many centuries. The asylum houses six inmates--the country's most treacherous killers--known to the terrified public as the Devil's Six. Viktor intends to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon he calls The Devil Aspect. Yet as he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, he must face the unnerving possibility that these six may share a darker truth.

Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys. Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit (a copycat of Jack the Ripper), turns to Viktor and the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind. And Viktor finds himself wrapped up in a case more terrifying than he could have ever imagined.
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Cameron J.

An absolutely amazing book with some of the best narration out there. It's so under rated. If you like Slavic mythology and serial killers, buy this book. In short, it's about a psychiatrist that takes a job at a mental asylum, (sometime around the late 1920s to early 1930s) that houses Czechoslovakia's most notorious serial killers, in order to test his "Devil Aspect" theory, and help those suffering from mental illness. Something that was unheard of treating with humane methods in the early 1900s. The book is told from two PoV's. The psychiatrist, and a detective that's investigating a string of violent murders from a serial killer named Leather Apron. This is all set in the mountains of a ancient castle (now transformed into a psychiatric ward) with a dark past, amidst the looming reign of Adolf Hitler and the coming war. This is a dark book in it's themes, and can be very violent and disturbing. The narrator does a phenomenal job differentiating his voices between characters. He doesn't just read, he performs. He brings a sense of dread and emotion to his narration. Overall, this is a top notch book for those looking for believable horror with fantastic atmosphere and narration. The author has an penchant for writing historical horror fiction, and he weaves real life historical horror and dark Slavic mythology into this tale masterfully.

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