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A beautiful young painter falls in love with a dangerously sexy man who may be in league with the Devil ... who may even be a devil. So begins her DESCENT into a world of violence and horror, a world of rituals and madness and unspeakable cruelty. Can she retain her soul despite the things he does to her, the things he forces her to witness ... the things he forces her to ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Charlene
This was a dark one.
Julia, demeaned by the constant mockery and verbal abuse perpetrated by her parents, chaffing against the restraints of her life at home and a bit lost at the loss of her brother, sets out to find her own life. Unfortunately, it doesn't turn out too well. She chose the wrong traveling partner.
Sammy is the dark, mysterious bad boy to whom Julia is immediately attracted. Almost from the moment of their first meeting, the descent begins. Julia's choices disappear. The results
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Lee Thompson
Sandy DeLuca's DESCENT is a dark and imaginative ride into Hell that bounces effectively between what happened in the early 70s and Julia's present day predicament. There were some typos in this digital edition which were a little distracting at times but the story itself, and most of all the narrator, really sucked me into the story world. It has a brisk pace, great imagery, a bit of mystery and a whole lot of horror. Sandy does a great job in portraying the destruction rotten men do and how tr ...more
Peter Schwotzer
Aug 18, 2011 Peter Schwotzer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Peter by: Robert Dunbar
“Sanity visits me now and then, but never stays long,” a line stated by the main character Julia, and that is exactly how you will feel after reading Sandy DeLuca’s mesmerizing and decadent “Descent”.

Sandy DeLuca weaves a seductively violent tale of love gone wrong in the most horrifying ways imaginable.

Julia has always been attracted to the “bad boys”, which ultimately proves to be her demise on her “Descent” to a world of depravity and bloodshed, that she can’t seem to escape twenty years late
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Greg Gillis
This is one of my favorite books I have read in a long time. To put it bluntly it is kind of creepy and the voice that the author has in this book is amazing.
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

A slowly intensifying and terrifying page turner that details a woman’s descent into abuse, addiction, and hell and/or insanity. It’s not a novel for the faint-of-heart.

Shellie’s description: The story alternates between two different times in the main character’s life, the past (occurring during the 1970’s) and the present. The main character, Julia, is a creative personality, an artist who paints pictures and cares for her ailing mother at the family
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Todd Russell
Julia, young and naive, loses her virginity to a piece of human garbage named Sammy. Her aunt tries to warn Julia away from Sammy, but no, she is foolishly attracted to his bad boy streak. (Why do some women like the bad guys, anyway?). Julia's descent is chronicled by a cross-state spree with Sammy that grows darker and colder with each page.

This is a tale about psychological and physical abuse. Which is more extreme, more debilitating, more devastating? The main character, Julia, is emotionall
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Uninvited Books
The initial reviews for this excellent novel have been very gratifying.

“DeLuca’s taut, fast-paced yarn draws you in and screws with your equilibrium.”
SHROUD MAGAZINE

“There’s only been a few times in my life when I had to put a book down because it affected me so much that I had to take a moment and catch my breath.”
HORROR WORLD

“Mesmerizing and decadent … a seductively violent tale of love gone wrong in the most horrifying ways imaginable … soul tearing … will horrify you to the point that you wi
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Dave Thomas
DESCENT is a road trip into hell and back with deep, dark imagery and frighteningly believable characterizations.

The narrative effectively flits back and forth between past and present and you find yourself literally getting to know the protagonist as two different people, an extremely effective conceptual framework; we are exposed to her thoughts on her younger self, her regrets, and her ultimate corruption on a reflective, personal level.

This novel reminds us just how easy love can be twisted
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Maria
I won this book in the giveaways and to be honest I didn't really know what it was about. I was just drawn to the cover. When I received the book and found that it was horror literature, I was a bit hestitant to start reading it due to the fact that I am the biggest scaredy cat ever. However once I started reading it, there was something that intigued and scared me at the same time. I found that from the very begining there was something about Sammy that terrified me from the start. The things t ...more
Robert Dunbar
Is anyone in the genre still writing for adults? The answer is, yes, Sandy DeLuca. Her work offers chills and pleasures that are no mere matter of gore but that satisfy in the way all real literature satisfies – in the way all true art satisfies – by challenging and touching us … and ultimately by changing us.
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Sandy DeLuca has been a painter since 1985. Her worked has been exhibited in college galleries, hair salons, tattoo parlors, bookstores and traditional galleries. Her art has been purchased throughout the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. In addition, she has painted cover art and interior art for publications which have reached worldwide audiences.

She has been a writer since the late 80’s,
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