Author: C.L. Ryan
Published: Jan. 21, 2016
Publisher: Mirador Publishing
Pages: 209 (print)
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
Based on a true story, Secret Demon relates the astonishing, and often harrowing, childhood of a girl whose life is beset by abuse and demonic activity.
We follow Megan as her idyllic early years in rural Ireland are abruptly ended when she is taken from her grandmother’s care to live with her parents in England. While struggling to adapt to a new culture and being bullied at school, Megan’s life is dominated by the unpredictable behaviour of her troubled mother, Patsy. When her much loved father moved away to work, Megan is left to look after her siblings as Patsy’s life becomes engulfed by demonic possession and alcohol abuse.
Well-meaning social workers place Megan in an outwardly respectable home, only for her and her brother, to suffer horrific abuse at the hands of their foster carer.
Upon returning to Patsy, Megan becomes increasingly aware of the demonic presence in her home which seems to be particularly focussed on her. She learns to cope with the demon and embraces her true nature - finally harnessing it to take on her playground tormentors. Secret Demon is a supernatural story of one little girl’s battle against abuse and neglect. It is the first of a series which follows Megan as her physical and spiritual lives unfold.
I received this book to give an honest review.
So when I read the blurb I was really wanting to read the story that was to be told. I love reading about demonic activity though I would never want to be in the shoes of someone who has to go through it.
I was really enjoying this book but it didn't seem real as in the blurb it says "based on a true story." I didn't get that from it. We are introduced to Megan who is such a sweet girl who has had to grow up way to early and deal with a lot. We learn that her mother Patsy doesn't love her and believes her to be a devil child, and it makes you so upset at the fact. Over time we see what has caused Patsy to become the person she is. It seems that Megan is like her mother in the demonic and psychic sense.
I really loved the relationship that Megan and her father had even though he wasn't a big part in her life being has he had to work a lot.
Overall it was a good read I wanted to know what was going to happen to Megan but I felt it lacked on the demonic front for me. Whenever Megan felt the "demon" around or needed some help she would pray to the angels that surrounded her which was awesome I just didn't get that oooooo scary type thing.
Another thing that bothered me to no avail is the bullying issue that Megan went through at school. It felt far from what a real situation would be. I honestly could not wrap my head around it whenever it was brought up.
This is one of those books that I would say give a read and see if you like it. Just don't go into it thinking it will scary or have a lot of demonic activity.
CL Ryan was born in Bristol in 1959. Her early childhood was spent in rural Ireland before she returned to live in Bristol. Despite suffering from bullying, she thrived at school becoming an international athlete and being offered a scholarship at Millfield.
One of four siblings, Ryan left school at 15 to help support her family. After working as a sales assistant she was accepted aged 17 as one of the youngest trainee operating nurses in the South West.
At 19, Ryan suffered a serious accident, breaking her neck and incurring a head injury. After three year's recuperation, she pursued her passion for cookery and entered the hospitality industry. After managing a string of successful pubs, she purchased her own, which quickly became a much loved venue. She now runs a guest house in the West Country.
A mother to two sons, Ryan is a Physic Medium, and is very passionate about parapsychology, nature and diving. Secret Demon is her first book, of a series of 6.