Clovenhoof – Heide Goody & Iain Grant (Clovenhoof Book 1) – Genre – Humour
Blurb: Charged with gross incompetence, Satan is fired from his job as Prince of Hell and exiled to that most terrible of places: English suburbia. Forced to live as a human under the name of Jeremy Clovenhoof, the dark lord not only has to contend with the fact that no one recognises him or gives him the credit he deserves but also has to put up with the bookish wargamer next door and the voracious man-eater upstairs.
Heaven, Hell and the city of Birmingham collide in a story that features murder, heavy metal, cannibalism, armed robbers, devious old ladies, Satanists who live with their mums, gentlemen of limited stature, dead vicars, petty archangels, flamethrowers, sex dolls, a blood-soaked school assembly and way too much alcohol.
Clovenhoof is outrageous and irreverent (and laugh out loud funny!) but it is also filled with huge warmth and humanity. Written by first-time collaborators Heide Goody and Iain Grant, Clovenhoof will have you rooting for the bad guy like never before.
My Review: Firstly this book should come with a warning not to read in public because snorting aloud is apparently unladylike. I read a lot of books and tend to favour dark psychological thrillers featuring murderers and serial killers and never have I actually “rooted” for the bad guy…until I met Jeremy! This deliciously funny book about the devil being kicked out of hell and sent to Birmingham is full of laughs and wonderful characters… it did slightly drag in the middle but quickly picked up it’s pace again… I will definitely be reading more from this dynamic duo!