'Lorelei Palumbo is harassed by a sinister group calling themselves The
Cabal. They accuse her of having committed unspeakable crimes in the past,
and now she must pay. The Cabal begins taking her life apart one piece at a
time – her job, her health, the people she loves – and she must try to figure
out what The Cabal thinks she’s done if she’s to have any hope of answering
their charges and salvaging her life.'
Oh, Lorelei, what a problem you have.
"Confess and Atone - or suffer" our heroine is told but how can she do that when she doesn't know what she did wrong in the first place? And so the suffering begins and nobody is safe. And what suffering it is. Right from the off it is clear nobody is safe, a new character appears and straight away you start looking for how they will die/be killed etc.
What we have here is a horror novel that takes me back to my youth when I thrived on books like this. This is a dark, brutal, gory tale that puts the heroine and all around her through the wringer - and I LOVED IT!! It was unsettling at times - you know that feeling when you know it's gonna be bad, you don't want to turn the page but at the same time you do as really you enjoy squirming as you read.
The 'Big Bad' here, The Cabal are a great horror creation (possibly up there with the Cenobites of Hellraiser fame) and I will say I wouldn't be averse to reading more about them if there are sequels.
4.5/5* If you loved 80s horror fiction and video nasties you're gonna really enjoy this