After the tragic death of his mother and siblings, young William is left in the care of his abusive father, who uses religion to justify his brutal behavior. William’s extended family is his solace, however, they can only do so much to keep him safe.
The Devil Within made me weep from beginning to end. I wanted to climb into the book and save young William from his horrific life. With each page, I hoped for someone to come along and take William out of his situation. Greene’s prose is both emotional and simply heart wrenching. The novel is a stinging commentary on fundamental Christianity and the twisting of scripture to justify abuse.
The novel opens with the image of William’s father putting up a sign that reads “Go To Church or the Devil Will Get You.” Was the sign your inspiration or did you find it…
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