The Disciple by Stephen Lloyd Jones was given to me from bookbridgr. I absolutely loved the sound of this book. It sounded like the type of book I would have LOVED, and therefore I was so excited to start reading it! I had never read a book from this author before, but there was something about this book that caught my eye and I was dying to read it.
This book is about a girl who is like no other. On a storm-battered road near Devil’s kitchen, a woman survives a fatal accident and gives birth to a girl who should never have been born. Edward Schwinn must protect this girl and her arrival triggers a chain of terrifying events that no one can explain. She is being hunted by an evil beyond measure. This book had the potential to be AMAZING, but for me, I was disappointed. The story line was great, it just didn’t catch me in the way other books have.
The first few chapters were slow-paced and were unable to grab my attention. Unfortunately, this made initial reading a struggle rather than an enjoyment. It did, however, get slightly better as I read on – but only to let me down again as I kept reading. For a lot of the book, nothing really happens, there are a few bits here and there, and the last few chapters, but that was it. I think for me, what didn’t catch me was the way it was written. The story line was so amazing, and it was clever, and there was the occasional unexpected twist, but overall, I was so disappointed with the book.
The most annoying part of this book is that the ending was so good and interesting, and if Jones had gotten me so into this book that I couldn’t put it down, I would have no negatives. However, I found myself just continuing reading this, so I could finally finish it and move onto the next book. AND THE ENDING. It was a good ending; however, it felt like the book shouldn’t have ended where it did. I know, it was probably meant to be a cliff-hanger, but it didn’t feel like that. It felt very strange to me that the book ended where it did. I felt like the last chapter was completely pointless.
Maybe my interpretation of the book is all wrong, maybe I just didn’t understand it, but personally, I was happy when I finally finished it, rather than being left to want more like I usually am. It has some good reviews such as “so gripping you’ll want to read late into the night; so terrifying you shouldn’t” and personally, I disagree. Therefore, I would give this book 2 stars.