The Merciless by Danielle Vega Review


“Page-to-page Stephen King-style terror…”—Booklist

The Merciless is chilling…think ‘Mean Girls’ meets ‘The Exorcist.'”—

Pretty Little Liars fans, get a sneak peek at your new favorite book The Mercilessa nail biting thriller.”Seventeen Magazine

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls…unless she wants to be next.

By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?


Oh my God! What an amazing, head spinning, shocker of a story! Danielle Vega had me hooked into this story in only a few pages into the story. Right at the start, you get this Mean Girls vibe and it seems really fun and familiar, but oh does that change. Once the story reaches the main action of the story your mind is going crazy, trying to figure out if demons are real, or are these girls just a bit crazy and believe in some weird stuff. There is so much I want to say, but that will spoil a whole bunch, but if you are looking for a creepy, but fun read with characters that you will love and some you will hate based on who they act, The Merciless is for you. Vega did an amazing job bringing these characters and ideas to life.

I am giving The Merciless 5/5 stars. This is definitely an October read, if you have not read it yet. You will be on the edge of your seat until the end waiting for the final twist.

About the Author:

Danielle Vega

Danielle Vega spent her childhood hiding under the covers while her mother retold tales from the pages of Stephen King novels. Now an adult, she can count on one hand the number of times in her life she’s been truly afraid. Danielle has won numerous awards for her fiction and nonfiction, and earned a 2009 Pushcart Prize nomination for her short story “Drive.” She lives in Brooklyn.
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