Review: The Merciless – Danielle Vega

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ – DNF

Synopsis: Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next…

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?


I hate not finishing a book. I will always try to get to the end as I hate leaving it unfinished, but with this, I just couldn’t bear it any longer.

I didn’t know whether or not to post this review, as I’m not really one to give a negative review. In fact, I’m still not sure after posting it, but I figured that I might save some horrible tragedy from occurring if someone was going to waste their time picking up this book…

I hated every aspect of this book. When reading the synopsis in the bookstore I thought “ooh, that sounds dark and interesting!”

I was wrong. It was sort of “Mean Girls” meets some weird twisted religious witchy thing. The concept sounded cool, however, the characters were annoying, pathetic teenage girls going through high school, one of whom decides to perform an exorcism on another girl because she kissed her boyfriend…

Right. It gets worse. And this was the point where I gave up:

After slicing the tied up girl’s (Brooklyn) thighs, Brooklyn lurches and bites out a chunk of psycho girl’s (Riley) face, who which she exclaims “You fucking bitch.”

Okay, that’s it, I’m done. Couldn’t read it. It was unrealistic, completely non- believable, and quite frankly, badly written.

I hate giving a bad review with no positive aspects, but honestly, apart from the pretty pink cover, I have nothing good to comment on.

Would not recommend. Sorry.


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