I’m pretty sure Andrew Pyper has a winner here, at least in terms of bestsellers. I’ve been hearing The Demonologist suggested for those who liked
The Da Vinci Code; it’s really not. It features a book (Paradise Lost) and some obscure clues. So really, it could also be compared to Nancy Drew.
It would be more accurate to compare it to classic horror like The Exorcist by William P. Blatty (yes, it was a book first), or Unholy Fire by Whitley Strieber. It’s not gore fest horror, more of a psychological thriller.
What makes it scary is the combination of the protagonist’s daughter going missing (presumed dead by everyone but him), and his own internal debate about whether or not this is all the product of him having gone insane.
It’s a relatively fast read, and probably not a re-read for me, but it was enjoyable. A little of a slow start, but a decent pace once it got going.
What I do, weirdly, appreciate is that the cover under the dust jacket is also cool. So few books are like this, and it’s a nice surprise.
If you’re looking for a fun horror/thriller that won’t have you hiding under your bed for the night, this is a good candidate.