Ever since I read an excerpt from The Everett Exorcism at the end of one of Lincoln Cole’s earlier novels, Raven’s Peak, I have been eagerly awaiting the moment of its release, and luckily for me I have actually received an advanced readers’ copy of the new book, direct from the author, and can therefore give you this review on the actual day of its release.
The Everett Exorcism follows Vatican Priest, Father Niccolo Paladina as he travels to the city of Everett, Washington upon orders from his superiors. Father Paladina has been trained as an exorcist by the Catholic Church in Rome, and as a result he has been tasked with investigating claims of demonic activity when an elderly woman appears to be acting erratically.
Father Paladina, and his colleagues, doubt the credibility of the claim made by Father Jackson Reynolds, believing instead that Rose Gallagher would benefit more from the care of a psychiatrist, rather than that of an exorcist. However, bound by his oath to the church, he must thoroughly investigate the situation, regardless of the outcome. This places both Father Paladina and Father Reynolds’ lives in jeopardy.
For those already familiar with Lincoln Cole’s World on Fire series, The Everett Exorcism takes place sometime between events in The Ninth Circle, a World on Fire novella, which can be found on Amazon here, and the events of Raven’s Peak.
As a result the book includes familiar characters that play important roles within this excellent story, and provides additional information on the Council of Chaldea and Arthur Vangeest, which gives more depth to both of the World on Fire and the World of Shadows series.
Having already read some of Lincoln Cole’s previous work, I had high hopes for this book, and I was not disappointed. The novel is well written, with an engaging plot, likeable and relatable characters, and plenty of suspense and mystery.
With no obvious issues, aside from one instance where a characters’ name is clearly confused with that of another – swap out Abigail for Frieda – I rate The Everett Exorcism at a full 5 out of 5 stars. This offers a great start to yet another amazing book series from Lincoln Cole. The follow-up, The Vatican Children, is due for release this coming Halloween, just mere days away, and I for one, cannot wait to read it.