The Devil Inside
Jenna Black
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East meets West across time and tradition as three young American women and their Indian immigrant mothers take first steps toward true sisterhood, shattering secrets and sharing joy and tears in Jenna Black's
The Devil Inside: Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 1)

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The Devil Inside: Morgan Kingsley, Exorcist, Book 1)
Jenna Black
336 pages
November 2007
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Morgan Kingsley is an exorcist in a world where demons inhabit people's bodies. Of course, most demons only inhabit the bodies of those who are willing, and there are many who are willing to have the extra strength and the healing abilities that demons confer, but there are also those who take unwilling hosts. It's Morgan's job to exorcise them; the only alternative is to burn the host person to death. Morgan's antipathy towards all demons is partly caused by her brother being a willing host.

When the story begins, Morgan is exorcising a demon from a young girl. However, there are a few strange aspects to the exorcism, and Morgan soon begins to suspect that she herself may be playing host to a demon, against her wishes and without knowing when it happened. The demon isn't able to take over her body; he can only communicate with her when she is asleep by entering her dreams or making her sleepwalk and write messages to herself. When Morgan tries to get herself exorcised by her friend Val, she stumbles onto a shocking plot where those she loves may be against her and those she despises may be her only help. Morgan's demon is rather a VIP, and there are many other demons and humans who want him dead; Morgan has to team up with another demon to help herself and her unwilling passenger, and that means that those around her that she loves might just get hurt.

This book is excellently written with an exciting story, some great characters, and an interesting angle on the demon/host idea. Morgan isn't always easy to empathize with, but she is always an interesting person to watch bumbling along, trying to look out for her boyfriend, Brian, not thinking very highly of herself, and being alternately repelled and comforted by demon Adam and his partner, Dominic. My only reservations about this book are the two S&M scenes, which feel like they are included more for reader titillation than plot necessity. The rest of the book is a great read and definitely deserves its five-star rating, and I look forward to the continuation of Morgan's story in the next book.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2007

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