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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
The Demon’s Wife by the late, great Rick Hautala is the first story I have read by Hautala, but it catapulted Rick to the top of my list of favorite authors. With a touch of humor, a touch of romance, and a whole lot of supernatural stuff going on, The Demon’s Wife is one of those books you don’t want to put down until you’ve finished reading it. Best of all, it is a fun read. Roommates, Sally and Claire, are relaxing with a drink when a handsome man walks by, catching both their attention. Sally tried coming on to him, but his interest was in Claire. Later, while Sally goes to use the restroom, Claire steps outside to wait for her, when she is suddenly accosted by a knife-wielding assailant. Suddenly the handsome man, who turns out to be called Samael, comes to her rescue and calls the police, while restraining the assailant. From this point on, Claire and Samael have a whirlwind romance… but Samael hasn’t been totally honest with Claire.
The Demon’s Wife is a fascinating tale of a human woman and a demon from Hell, who fall in love and get married. Samael decides, after falling so completely in love with Claire, that he wants to repent of his evil ways and earn his soul back. But Hell doesn’t let go of its demons without a fight, and they will try anything to separate Samael and Claire, knowing that without Claire, Samael would return to his evil ways with a vengeance. The premise sounds almost absurd the way I’ve described it, but Hautala was a true master of the written word, according to everything I’ve read about him, and The Demon’s Wife certainly lives up to his reputation. I have obtained the two-volume omnibus collection of pretty much everything Hautala ever wrote, and I can’t wait to dig in and just start reading. His writing strikes a chord with me, and I can’t recommend The Demon's Wife heartily enough.