So what would you do if someone sat down across from you at dinner and introduced themselves as a demon? What's more, what would you do if he told you he wanted to tell you his story and you were going to write it down?
That's the central premise of Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee. Clay, an editor for a major publishing house, is confronted by Lucian, a demon who wants to tell his side of the story. Over a number of harrowing months, Lucian spins his tale, explaining why he and his brethren were expelled from paradise. Clay becomes more and more obsessed with the beguiling tale and he has to know, how does it end? And why does Lucian keep insisting that it's also Clay's story as well?
In some ways, Lee's story is nothing new. While she spun some interesting speculation over what happened before Genesis 1:1 kicks off the human story, once we got into Adam and Eve's story, it was all very familiar. That isn't a bad thing. Lee tells the story with passion and a great deal of voice. It carries through the familiar and makes it incredible, a thing of beauty. I had a very difficult time putting it down and this book kept me up late last night so I could see how the story ended for both Lucian and Clay.
What really made this story sing for me was the fact that it left me asking a lot of tough questions. It made me see salvation in a whole new light and that's a great, great thing.
Needless to say, I can't wait to get my hands on Havah. I'll just have to wait since my book budget is spoken for until sometime around November.