Title: We Sold Our Souls
Author: Grady Hendrix
Reviewer: Carey Gibbons
Suggested Age: Adults
What is this book about? Kris is a struggling former member of the band Durt Work. Right before the band was about to make it big, their lead singer, Terry Hunt, broke up with the rest of the band and went on to mega-stardom, leaving Durt Wurk in well… the dirt. It’s been 20 years since Kris’s metal career died, but something about Terry’s rise to fame and fortune has never seemed right. Not just wrong in the sense of screwing over friends, but wrong in the Faustian pact with the Devil wrong. Kris sets out on a road trip to confront Terry, or The Blind King, as he is known to his fans. She’s going to find out just what happened the night Durt Wurk broke up or die trying.
Review: The book as a whole is an exciting premise with an okay delivery. At times, it reminded me of all the drama with Tobias Forge and Ghost that went down in 2016. The ending was a little hard to visualize though as it was so audio-oriented – writing effectively about music is really freaking hard. I liked Kris and think horror in general could use more female characters like her. No matter what happened to her, she was never a victim. This is a road trip book, a book about music, and a book about what goes into creating art and it makes you think about exactly what you would give up to make it big. Also, there’s some Satan \m/
Three words that describe this book: Brutal, Metal AF, Nostalgic
Give this a try if you like… Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, the band Ghost, Tenacious D