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A nun commits suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognises that nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared six years ago.

In search of answers, Siobhan travels to the isolated convent where her mother once lived. Here she discovers Denise’s final confession, a book that details a heinous betrayal that left her crippled and mute, and
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Published February 18th 2016 by Australian eBook Publisher
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Pouting Always
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I honestly am surprised by how much I enjoyed this, like when I started reading it I was bored as first but once she gets her mother's confessional I couldn't put it down. Like I had such a visceral reaction to everything that happened and even up until the end I felt like anxiety about it all. I think it got a little bogged down when we started reading the details of what happened after her mother left but I think the ending more than made up for it. I'm so glad he stopped where he did because ...more
Dannii Elle
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Luke Gracias, and the publisher for this opportunity.

What does a suicidal nun, a winning lottery ticket, a paraplegic and a centuries-old missing prayer book have in common? This sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but is actually the start of this queer and extraordinary tale.

I was initially a little disappointed with this book. The knowledge the author imparted was phenomenal
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
This is a book that you want to read with no preconceived ideas in mind. Just dive on in and start turning the pages. This book was so much better than I expected and one I enjoyed for lots of reasons. Let me share some.

If you like books like The Da Vinci Code, those with secret sects, religious secrets and conspiracies and seekers of truth that find the dark side is a very real thing you will love The Devil's Prayer.

Europe - Ancient monasteries, nunneries, secret corridors, locked away libraries, ancient religious
When Siobhan Russo saw the face of the nun who had just committed suicide, she saw the face of her mother, a woman who disappeared six years before. This revelation sends Siobhan on a journey to discover what happened to her mother so many years ago. What she finds is a confession of sorts, a plea for forgiveness from her daughter and the history that led her to run far away.

Do you believe in a power beyond our comprehension? Do you believe that if there is a God, there is a Devil? Everyone has hear
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Devil's Prayer, by Luke Gracias, whisked me away into a world of horror that genuinely scared me.

The story begins with a nun committing suicide in front of thousands in Spain. In Australia, Siobhan Russo recognizes the nun as her mother, Denise Russo, who disappeared 6 years ago. In search of answers Siobhan travels to the secluded convent where her mother had lived. Here she discovers Denise's final confession, a book that details betrayal, torture and her near death at the hand
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
*My first NETGALLEY book review!*

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.

This novel reads like an adult fairy-tale. At it's core, it's just a story about morals. It's a story about the clash between good and evil, God and the Devil. The main arch of the story is as follows: A woman wins the lottery and is brutally raped and beaten into paralysis, and it's all done by her closest friends. In order to regain her ability to walk, she cuts a deal with the Devil, an
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Luke Gracias and Australian eBook Publisher for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

Luke Gracias offers readers an interesting novel that seeks to mix the foundations of religious belief--both the goodness of a god and evil of its great nemesis--with the human understanding of bartering for a particular outcome. By placing these themes within a modern setting, the reader is better c
Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody.
This book was garbage. Truly. Garbage. Complete and utter Shite.

Where do I even start? How about with the fact that this book bumped A Separate Peace off my "bottom 10" list (one of the absolute worst memories of tenth grade) Or that I would rather be trapped on a desert island with only The Twilight Saga to read for the rest of my life rather than read one page of this crap again. Or that this book is worse than Angels & Demons AND The DaVinc
Erin Clemence
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
In “The Devil’s Prayer”, by Luke Gracias, a nun commits suicide in a bell tower during a festival in Spain. In Australia, a young woman (and our protagonist) Siobhan, recognizes the nun as her mother, Denise, who disappeared years ago, abandoning her and her younger sister. In her quest for answers, Siobhan travels to Spain and uncovers her mother’s diary- detailing a horrific incident that happened to her as a young adult, and the great lengths Denise went to to seek revenge, including making a ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-ebook
I could not put this book down. What a roller coaster of a horror story.

We start off the book with a monk, Herman the Recluse, in the thirteenth century. He has been condemned to death by being walled up alive. As a way to escape this horrific fate, Herman says that he will write a book “filled with human knowledge that would glorify the monastery forever”. The monks agree, thinking this could never be done, and allow Herman to try. By the end of the night, with a little prayer to the Devil, it
Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Devil’s Prayer by Luke Gracias is a very exciting and chilling read! I made the mistake of thinking I would read a LITTLE of it before going to bed then could not STOP! I finished in the early morning hours, I HAD to finish the book! It pulled me in from the beginning and would not let me go. A nun is chased by red robed priest that are trying to kill her for sneaking a peek at a book that is locked away in a secluded room. She ends up killing herself in public before they can get to her. Sh ...more
Bill Kupersmith
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
A blurb tells us that admirers of The Da Vinci Code will enjoy this book. As I am immune to the genre of Vatican hit-men, I’d not have begun The Devil’s Prayer had it not been @ the suggestion of a GR friend, & never had stayed with it had not the earlier part been set in Australia, specifically Queensland. By the time the Devil (that’s right, Auld Hornie himself, wearing a fedora hat – when I was young wearing hats was something Australian men did) I was firmly hooked & had to see this ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
"To believe in God, we must believe in the existence of the Devil. Without the Devil, religion has nothing to offer. Salvation means nothing if there are no repercussions to evil."

This book is a mix of historical fiction, thriller and horror with some pretty graphic, explicit scenes of violence. The author says about 95% of the history is true. The Devil's Bible is itself a true relic of medieval times, huge in size, containing 322 sheets, from which 12 sheets have been removed--supposedly cont
Feb 02, 2017 rated it did not like it

I did not finish this book and this is why

I knew from the first that the storyline was not one I like to read about but I was willing to let myself be surprised by being out of my usual zone so I decided to give it a try when my friend pointed it out to me. So my liking the book all depended upon the writing, how it was able to draw me into the story. Unfortunately it was apparent from the first that the writing was not a match either. I found it a lot of tell with no show. We are to
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, netgalley
"Religion is like a knife: in the hands of a surgeon, it heals, but in the hands of a murderer, it kills."

Death knells of the thirteenth century ring into the present day. This dark historical fiction reveals the legendary and supernatural origins of the Devil's Book; later hidden away in a monastery in today's Czech Republic and guarded by a secretive order of monks. Twelve pages, known as the Devil's Prayer, with the potential to end the world as we know it and bring about the reig
Miriam Smith
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this religious historical horror/paranormal book which was interesting, intriguing and in my eyes thought provoking. I loved the idea that you could trade souls with the devil for a deal for yourself. The book comes with a warning that it contains violence and rape etc, I personally did not find it needed this warning, I expect horror and crime books to contain violence and sometimes gore and as for the rape scene, yes this was very uncomfortable to read but in my opinion this j ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Dan Brown fans / fans of classic horror
“The Devil’s Prayer” is a phenomenal book that makes you want to read it over and over again. The author blends history and fiction into a cocoon of reality that leaves the reader wondering what was historical and what wasn’t. “The Devil’s Prayer” is extremely well researched with no shortage of details.

A mixture of “The Da Vinci Code” and “Rosemary’s Baby”…. Highly recommend this new favorite of mine.

Thank you to NetGalley, author Luke Gracias, and Australian eBook Publisher for an ARC of Th
Uma   ~Books.Bags.Burgers.
Note - Explicit content warning. This book contains explicit content and triggers for rape, murder and brutality.


This is an unusual book and therefore I'm not quite sure what to talk about the characters in it. All I can say is that every single character is complex and not what they seem at first glance. I've never read about a more complex set of characters in any book. This book despite being supernatural in nature, is rooted in reality; rooted in the base nature of hu/>
Scrappymags 3 word review: Clunky, disappointing adventure.

Shortest summary ever: Siobhan's missing mother turns out to be a nun who commits suicide at a festival in Spain, so Siobhan travels there and uncovers a confession book left to her by her nun-mother that details a deal she made with the Devil years ago. On top of that, there's an ancient text called The Devil's Prayer, hidden inside that has caused death and destruction for centuries. Now she's being chased and looking for a
Abby Varghese
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted in Abby's Shelves:
The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias is a phenomenal book, a perfect mixture of history, religion, fiction and educational. Reminded me of my favorite Dan Brown books.
This book starts off in a mysterious circumstance of a nun (Denise Russo) chased by a band of monks who hangs herself from a church bell in front of a ritual parade of eight thousand people leaving the reader in questions like who is she? and why would a nun do something like that?
A thriller that has it all.

The synopsis gives a good idea of what you'll find. It's definitely a psychological thriller as Siobhan finds herself on a real mind f*ck of a journey in learning about her mother and how her mother's decisions have directed the path of Siobhan's own life.

And if that wasn't all.... something's not right with her mother's grandkids.

The story doesn't end with this book but I felt like it reached a good stopping point. A place to catch one's breath before beginning the
Kajal Dhamija
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
This book gave me the chills I seldom get even when reading a book full of horror. The devil's prayer is a historical fiction based on the thirteenth century conspiracy between the Mongols and the Papal inquisition. So, if one is interested in this particular aspect of historical fiction, this book is just the one for them. I read the book without having any knowledge of the history mentioned, but I think I enjoyed it a lot. 

Just after a few pages, the story became very interesting a
After the death of her mother, Denise Russo, Siobhan needs to understand what caused her to vanish six years earlier, and finds herself caught up in a nightmare centuries in the making. Traveling to the convent in Zamora where her mother lived, Siobhan is in danger from the moment she arrives, and it is with great difficulty that she is able to access her mother’s final written confession. Reading it, she learns of a terrible betrayal that led her mother to make a deal with the Devil, risking Si ...more
Janet Robel
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It's like finding undiscovered treasure! The first few chapters didn't grab me, but after that, it really took off. The intricate detailing and depictions in here are pure genius. This is a must-read thriller that is quite graphic at times and not for the faint-hearted. Now that Siobhan Russo knows her mother's story, there's just gotta be a book two in the works. I loved the whole good vs. evil and will be keep
DNF at 53%

I hoped to read a religious thriller a là Dan Brown, but...forget it. The readers who compared this book in their reviews with Dan Brown's works probably never read them.

Ridiculous plot, flat writing, weak characters, with a lot of senseless violence.

I honestly won't recommend it to anyone.

I normally don't rate books I didn't finish, but WHAT I read was not more than one star rating for me.

***Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
Jeannette Nikolova
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Also available on the WondrousBooks blog.

The Devil’s Prayer were two very interesting books!

The reason I say this is that there can be a line drawn very distinctively between the first and the second part of the book, and each could have been perfectly great on its own.

The Devil’s Prayer is the story of a woman, Denise, who, after winning the lottery is abducted, raped and left to die. Instead of dying, she makes a deal with the Devil. Later on, she finds out about the existence of an old book, one part of which is called Theown.
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not since I read Rosemary's Baby Rosemary's Baby have the hairs on my body stood up reading a book in terms of sheer evil and devilry.
Like all good historical fiction The Devil's Prayer focuses on some real names and incidents in the past but when cloaked in the mysteries of the Catholic church and the trend towards End Times literature and biblical revelation the author has a real winner on his hands.
It reads well and is filled with tension from the opening dramatic mystery. A sense of menac
Murali Ryan
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias is an thriller with the story style of Dan brown, Why I compared with Dan brown is because his books are more like a thesis and travel guide. It makes you to learn and explore various new things. This book also given me the same feelings made me to explore Brisbane to half of the European countries.

As the title and blurb story is about the devil and its dominant over Denise, a middle age women. The story divides into four parts, first part says abou
Lynn Mccarthy
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great read.
I didn't know what to expect when I started this book but it soon pulled me in.
This book had everything History,suspense,horror and supernatural tones.
It reminded me of The Da Vinci Code its a well researched book.
Read it well worth it.

Thank you to the Author Netgalley and Publisher for a chance to read this book.
Patricia Walker
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is EPIC!!!

From the first page through to the last the reader is held totally captive to a story line that begs to be read without pause. The characters are robust, perfectly formed and completely believable while taking part in events that stretch the imagination to the fullest. From theft, rape, attempted murder and more we move into the territory of the supernatural with an ease that speaks volumes about the skill of the author and his pen. Throughout the book the researc
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