“The Devil All the Time” (2011) – Donald Ray Pollock

14 August – 13 September 2020 (out of preparation for its upcoming Netflix film adaptation)


Why I’m giving this a 4 out of 5 is because of the themes that include serial killers, murder, and aspects one usually finds in a crime novel.
The plot is set after World War II and follows many characters with different and sometimes even similar situations, such as a serial killer couple with a twisted idea about photography.
The story uses more than one narrative which is brilliantly used as it jumps back and forth, one moment looking into the life of Arvin Russell, a troubled boy with a past one could describe as unimaginable, then to a conflicted cop the next.
Well, I generally don’t read or like a lot of crime novels, this is a well-written story that also features eerie imagery and intriguing characters whose motivations might make you cringe. One of those well-crafted literary works where the reader knows the truth more than the characters.
Recommended to those who like the mentioned genre.