Good Reads Challenge Book Review: We Sold Our Souls
I know…another Monday.
“A girl with a guitar never has to apologize for anything.” — Grady Hendrix, We Sold Our Souls
What’s up, friends — how are you this Monday? I hope you’re enjoying the Fall weather and cooler temps. Friends, we are still living in uncertain times, so don’t forget to check in with friends and family, stay hydrated, and always give yourself some grace.
Today I’m reviewing …another Grady Hendrix novel. (I just love his books) This one is titled “We Sold Our Souls.
Title | We Sold Our Souls
Author | Grady Hendrix
Format | Audiobook
Pages | 337
Published | September, 2018
Genre | Horror, Fiction, Thriller
GR Rating | 3.76
Purchase | Amazon
In the 1990s, heavy metal band Dürt Würk was poised for breakout success — but then lead singer Terry Hunt embarked on a solo career and rocketed to stardom as Koffin, leaving his fellow bandmates to rot in rural Pennsylvania.
Two decades later, former guitarist Kris Pulaski works as the night manager of a Best Western – she’s tired, broke, and unhappy. Everything changes when she discovers a shocking secret from her heavy metal past: It turns out that Terry’s meteoric rise to success may have come at the price of Kris’s very soul.
My Rating (5.00)
Just like the title reads, they sold their souls – or did they? I enjoy most of Grady Hendrix’s novels, and while intended to be horror and thriller, they always give me a chuckle because the characters are real. Sometimes they do and say funny shit, and I’m ok with that because it gives them meat. Be them down and out, depressed, socially inadequate, or over the top; they are entertaining.
I listened to the audiobook of this novel, and sometimes the narrator’s voice can turn you off from a story, but the rugged, chain-smoking, one-to-many-drinks, up-all-night voice of Kris Pulaski fit the bill for her character. So, any other voice laced in saccharine would just not do.
Quote from We Sold Our Souls
“I can’t believe that after a lifetime of playing metal, it turns out the world is a shitty country song.”
What would an up-and-coming rock band do for a record deal? Stay true to the music and your fan base, or sell your soul. Now, whether that’s the record label or some other entity, I will not reveal, but the up-and-coming band Durt Wurk (in this novel) never saw it coming.
After a botched record deal signing, Kris Pulaski would return to her hometown and take a (not so satisfying) job as a night manager at a Best Western. Kris is miserable, broke, and about to be evicted, but it’s through this that she uncovers a secret about that fateful night when they were set to sign that record deal that would change everything.
Quote from How To Sell A Haunted House
“Pain is a four-letter word the weak use to get out of doing what must be done.”
Kris would reunite her bandmates to find out what really happened, but it wouldn’t be without consequences and bloodshed, with skin and bones along the way. It’s such a fantastic horror novel with all the gore you can handle, and it kept me thoroughly entertained.
My Good Reads Progress
I haven’t updated this graphic, but I’m still reading the same two novels. You would think that going into the office, I would have plenty of time when I commute to read, but the senseless talking and chatter make it hard to focus on a book. So now I’m only reading both books before bed. The Horror at Pleasant Brook I’m at 25%, and Kill River at 60%. These are the last two books in my GRC, but I will keep reading more until the end of 2023.
Share your most anticipated 2024 reads in the comments.
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