I'm always on the hunt for fun horror books to read during October, and Sign Here by Claudia Lux was one I've had my eye on for a while. Big thanks to the publisher for having me as part of the blog tour!
|Pub Date: 10-25-22|
Adult - Horror/Fantasy
Peyote Trip has worked his way up from torturing the souls of Hell to damning them for all eternity by getting desperate humans to bargain them away. The deals department may not be the most glamorous position, but Peyote has a plan. Peyote has been making deals with the Harrison family for as long as he can remember, and all he needs is one more member to sign their soul over to complete his set, and then he can kiss Hell goodbye.
On the outside, the Harrisons seem to be your typical loving family, but underneath it all, they harbor dark secrets. They spend every summer at their lake house, where years ago, a young girl was killed by one of the family members. Silas Harrison and his wife, Lily, have spent years trying to move on from the tragedy, but when their daughter brings along a new friend on the trip, old memories begin to swim back up to the surface. With so many secrets coming to light, Peyote must strike while the iron is hot if he hopes to achieve his goal.
I didn't know what to expect going into this, but I enjoyed it. Lux's writing was darkly morbid with a biting sense of humor. There were a few times the phrasing felt clunky, but overall, it was entertaining. I loved the idea of Hell having this corporate vibe, filled with minor inconveniences like pens that are always out of ink or towels that never fully dry, rather than being all fire and brimstone. I liked following along with Peyote as he tries to find a way back to humanity, but I was more interested in the Harrison's storyline. I liked learning more about what happened in their past and how it played into current events. My only real complaint was that it took forever for anything to happen. Other than that, I liked this and would recommend it, especially if you like The Good Place, as it gave off the same vibes.