Review: The Devil Knows by: K.C. Cavanaugh
Welcome to today's review on Out of Control Characters. We're talking about a The Devil Knows by K.C. Cavanaugh.
First, let's get to know a little bit more about K.C. Cavanaugh.
K.C. grew up in a small town in Northeastern PA, she still lives close to her hometown, remaining close with her friends and family. She has been writing since a young age, and always wanted to be a writer. Before now, she focused on poetry and short stories. The Devil Knows is her debut novel, and was written after K.C. found out that a family friend was diagnosed with cancer.
With lots of projects in the works, she is hoping to release her second novel this summer. You can look for her YA apocalyptic trilogy, Eternal Trilogy (with a few additional shorts), and a YA paranormal mystery.
Here's where you can find K.C. on the web:
The Devil Knows is a paranormal romance-drama. It starts off with Megan learning that her best friend since birth has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Megan’s life is then consumed by the drive to find a way to save Anya. She scours the internet looking for medical answers, as well as those that seem far-fetched and impossible.
Soon, her computer leads her to the possibility of making a deal with the devil. Megan wonders if it’s even possible for her to give up her soul to save Anya. Not knowing where to begin, she soon discovers clues and signs that seem to be left for her, which leads her to an occult shop where she tries to find some answers.
But it doesn’t take long for Anya to get worse, as it seems each day her condition deteriorates. Even the doctors are baffled by the progression of the cancer, as it’s much more aggressive than anticipated. During a trip to the emergency room with Anya, Megan meets Dr. Carson who is Anya’s attending physician.
Quickly a spark between Megan and the doctor ignites, even though there appears to be something that just isn’t right about the emergency room doctor. Besides he treated Anya, so that makes Megan feels weird. Plus there is the fact that she’s been thinking about selling her soul, so a relationship is the last thing on Megan’s mind! But after a few encounters, Megan realizes that Jeremiah Carson may not be exactly who he has portrayed himself to be.
Who holds the answers to curing Anya? Could Megan really sell her soul when it comes down to it? Only the devil knows…
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"Are they talking about admitting her?" Megan asked, trying to keep the horror out of her voice. From their conversations the doctors hadn't thought hospitalization would be necessary and she could receive her chemo as an outpatient. If the emergency room doctors were considering hospitalization for anything other than dehydration and nausea, then Anya was not in good shape. If so, all the optimism and perky tones in the world wouldn't do her any good.
"I don't know," Bryan repeated, clearly frustrated. "I don't think the doctors know!"
"Okay, okay," Megan said, trying to calm Bryan down. "I'll be there soon. Let her know, okay?"
"Yeah," he said weakly and mumbled that he needed to go and he'd see her soon.
The phone clicked, signaling the call was disconnected and Megan had to fight the urge to put her head back and close her eyes as she merged onto the interstate. Thankfully the rush hour traffic was dissipating.
Minutes later Megan was maneuvering through downtown, silently cursing every red light. She had been able to see the hospital since she exited the interstate and was anxious to reach her destination.
Finally, the light turned and car in front of her rolled through the intersection. Megan made her right turn into the hospital parking garage and felt her pulse begin to race.
It wasn't fear of being too late, but the fear the unknown. Having just seen Anya earlier, Megan wasn't sure what kind of state her best friend was going to be in.
The parking garage was across the street from the hospital and Megan collected the ticket so she could proceed further into the underbelly of the garage and begin her hunt for a space.
Parking was a nightmare—almost as bad as the ones she had been suffering at night. She reached the third level before she found a parking spot in a distant corner of the garage. She quickly trotted to the elevator, waited for what felt like hours, and wrote it down to street level.
And now what you've been waiting for. My review of K.C. Cavanaugh's The Devil Knows
College student Megan has nothing more to occupy her day than going to class and editing a few student papers, how she earns her living. Then her best friend, Anya, calls, and Megan is sent whirling into the diagnosis of cancer. But Anya's cancer is a rare form, one where the doctors can't figure out where it started. Even worse, the disease is eating away at Anya so fast, she may only have weeks to live. Enter Jeremiah, the dashing and charismatic Dr. Jeremiah Carson, who may have the answer to Megan's conundrum. But is she willing to make a deal that will leave Anya bereft? Is Megan willing to damn her eternal soul to save her friend?
K.C. Cavanaugh draws the reader into the tale right from the beginning. Her characters spring off the page, and are loveable. They're fallible, and yet they're also vulnerable – to the vagaries of life, relationships, and incredible pain. Soon, you're pulled into a battle between good and evil, rooting for the win to come out on the side of good, yet knowing evil must have a victory to maintain the balance. Cavanaugh weaves a tale of a young woman facing a decision that will irrevocably change her life, but she sees no other way to save someone she loves. The ending was a surprise, but on further consideration, Cavanaugh had hinted all along there were other avenues, ones that maintained the precious balance while also providing answers. I can't wait to read another book by this talented author.
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