The Devil Aspect

The Devil Aspect

Craig Russell / Sep 20, 2019

The Devil Aspect Prague Viktor Kos rek a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane The state of the art facility is located in a medieval mounta

  • Title: The Devil Aspect
  • Author: Craig Russell
  • ISBN: 0385544367
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Prague, 1935 Viktor Kos rek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane The state of the art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations The asylum houses the country s six most treacherous kil Prague, 1935 Viktor Kos rek, a psychiatrist newly trained by Carl Jung, arrives at the infamous Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane The state of the art facility is located in a medieval mountaintop castle outside of Prague, though the site is infamous for concealing dark secrets going back many generations The asylum houses the country s six most treacherous killers known to the staff as The Woodcutter, The Clown, The Glass Collector, The Vegetarian, The Sciomancer, and The Demon and Viktor hopes to use a new medical technique to prove that these patients share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect As he begins to learn the stunning secrets of these patients, five men and one woman, Viktor must face the disturbing possibility that these six may share another dark truth Meanwhile, in Prague, fear grips the city as a phantom serial killer emerges in the dark alleys Police investigator Lukas Smolak, desperate to locate the culprit dubbed Leather Apron in the newspapers , realizes that the killer is imitating the most notorious serial killer from a century earlier London s Jack the Ripper Smolak turns to the doctors at Hrad Orlu for their expertise with the psychotic criminal mind, though he worries that Leather Apron might have some connection to the six inmates in the asylum Steeped in the folklore of Eastern Europe, and set in the shadow of Nazi darkness erupting just beyond the Czech border, this stylishly written, tightly coiled, richly imagined novel is propulsively entertaining, and impossible to put down Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 432 pages Expected publication March 5th 2019 by Doubleday Books first published September 2018 More Details ISBN 0385544367 ISBN13 9780385544368 Edition Language English URL Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell Author Release date Mar 05, 2019 A terrifying novel set in Czechoslovakia in 1935, in which a brilliant young psychiatrist takes his new post at an asylum for the criminally insane th A terrifying novel set in Czechoslovakia in 1935, in which a brilliant young psychiatrist takes his new post at an asylum for the criminally insane that houses only six inmates the country s most depraved murderers while, in Prague, a detective struggles to understand a brutal serial killer who has spread fear through the city, and who may have ties to the asylum.EARLY RAVES FOR THE DEVIL ASPECT A blood pumping, nerve shredding thriller elegant, edgy, ingenious Craig Russell conjures not one but two unforgettable settings Prague between the wars, pulsing with menace, and a Gothic mental asylum, as exciting a house of horrors as I ve ever visited You ll enter both with dread You ll dwell in them with relish A J Finn, 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window A sensational serial killer novel jaw dropping a mind blowing story line that will appeal to fans of Caleb Carr and Thomas Harris Publishers Weekly, starred review Seriously gothic memorably haunting CrimeReads, Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019 Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    Lists with This Book Most Anticipated Books of 2019 Not From a Series 254 books 233 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 13, 2018 Paromjit rated it it was amazing Shelves crime fiction, historical fiction, horror fiction, mystery, netgalley The wonderful Craig Russell s latest novel is a Gothic Horror, a well researched piece of historical fiction set in Czechoslovakia amidst a background that echoes the rising drumbeat of Nazism in Germany and its consequent repercussions It is 1935, Victor Kosarek, an ambitious psychiatrist who studied under Carl Jung, takes up his post at the notorious Hrad Orlu Asylum housed in a ancient medieval castle steeped in dark history and local folklore This cutting edge and well resourced facility i The wonderful Craig Russell s latest novel is a Gothic Horror, a well researched piece of historical fiction set in Czechoslovakia amidst a background that echoes the rising drumbeat of Nazism in Germany and its consequent repercussions It is 1935, Victor Kosarek, an ambitious psychiatrist who studied under Carl Jung, takes up his post at the notorious Hrad Orlu Asylum housed in a ancient medieval castle steeped in dark history and local folklore This cutting edge and well resourced facility is near the tiny village of Mlada Bolslav, not far from Prague The high security asylum has only six patients, the most notorious killers in Czechoslavakia, Pavel Zeleny, the Woodcutter, Leos Mladek, the Clown, Michal Machachek, the Glass Collector, Hedvika Valentova, the Vegetarian, Professor Dominik Bartos, the Sciomancer, and the most dangerous and feared, Vojtec Skala, the Demon, all incarcerated for life with no possibility of release Kosarek hopes to carry out research on these inmates to prove his theory that they share a common archetype of evil, a phenomenon he names The Devil Aspect On a personal level, Victor has concerns that his friend in Prague, Filip Starosta, is displaying worrying behaviours, and is in need of his professional help In Prague itself, the local population is consumed with fear with a brutal serial killer on the loose butchering women in the most heinous of ways, he is known as Leather Apron, a nod to the infamous East End London killer, Jack the Ripper, whose methods the killer appears to be replicating The detective leading the manhunt is Kapitan Lukas Smolak, he finally finds forensic evidence at the latest crime scene that leads to a known Gypsy petty criminal, but the man is terrified out of his wits and seems an unlikely suspect for the killings As the murders continue, it becomes clear that their investigation is far from closed Victor s research on the six patients yield surprising and stunning results but what do they mean As the narrative progresses, connections emerge between the Leather Apron case and the Hrad Orlu Psychiatric Facility Russell writes a chilling and atmospheric novel rooted in Jungian psychology, European folklore and legends, and the political history of Czechoslavakia that documents the seeds and shadows of Nazism and its growth before WW2, and the accompanying rise of community and ethnic tensions It is impossible to escape drawing the parallels of the madness within Hrad Orlu amidst the much larger collective madness taking place outside the psychiatric facility throughout Europe As we all know, the outside world is to burgeon with unspeakable horrors that come to boil throughout Europe, wreaking untold levels of death and genocide Given the contemporary reality of the rise of populism, it seems that similar shadows of madness once again are growing amongst the populations of Europe and beyond The gothic horror at the heart of Russell s novel is beautifully imagined, complex and compulsive reading, and the twists and turns had me fearful, utterly gripped and absorbed As always with Craig Russell books, all I can say is that I loved this, his latest novel, and I am sure many other readers will enjoy it too Many thanks to Little, Brown for an ARC flag 155 likesLike see review View all 45 comments Dec 23, 2018 Maureen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Czechoslovakia 1935, and in scenes reminiscent of London s Jack the Ripper, someone is butchering women in a most brutal and sickening manner Cold, damp, and foggy weather lends an ethereal and creepy feel to the streets and alleyways of Prague s Old Town, whilst at the same time having the effect of dulling the streetlights very convenient for those with murder in mind In a small village outside Prague, psychiatrist Victor is about to start his new job at an asylum for the criminally insane Czechoslovakia 1935, and in scenes reminiscent of London s Jack the Ripper, someone is butchering women in a most brutal and sickening manner Cold, damp, and foggy weather lends an ethereal and creepy feel to the streets and alleyways of Prague s Old Town, whilst at the same time having the effect of dulling the streetlights very convenient for those with murder in mind In a small village outside Prague, psychiatrist Victor is about to start his new job at an asylum for the criminally insane This is a state of the art facility within a medieval castle, sitting in splendid isolation atop a forest covered mountain The villagers below are superstitious about the castle for hundreds of years it seems to have attracted those intent on murder, torture and an interest in the occult They even view those who work there currently with suspicion, and wonder exactly what medical experiments are being performed There are only six patients incarcerated in the castle, but these are the most dangerous and deviant killers known to man.Using a new medical technique, Victor hopes to prove his theory that these killers share a phenomenon known as the Devil Aspect but as his work continues he becomes concerned that they might also share something much darker Gosh, this has such a dark and menacing feel to it, increased by the inclusion of the culture and sinister folklore of this particular region It was certainly well written, and the characters were perfectly at ease in their skins, frighteningly so at times The plot was interesting as it attempts to tie the murders in Prague, to the patients in the asylum, in what can only be described as a supernatural twist Oppressive at times, this was nevertheless a compelling and darkly gothic read.Thanks to Netgalley and Little, Brown book group for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange flag 137 likesLike see review View all 43 comments Nov 16, 2018 Tammy rated it really liked it In Czechoslovakia 1935, a small rural village sits in the sinister gloom of an ancient castle that has a primordial history of evil It is now being used as an asylum for six of the most violent murderers in Europe and their murders are indeed stomach churning A young psychotherapist begins his work with the patients at the asylum in order to prove his theory of The Devil Aspect of personality In Prague, a detective attempts to solve brutal murders that than resemble those of Jack the Rip In Czechoslovakia 1935, a small rural village sits in the sinister gloom of an ancient castle that has a primordial history of evil It is now being used as an asylum for six of the most violent murderers in Europe and their murders are indeed stomach churning A young psychotherapist begins his work with the patients at the asylum in order to prove his theory of The Devil Aspect of personality In Prague, a detective attempts to solve brutal murders that than resemble those of Jack the Ripper despite having occurred one hundred years in the past The Prague murders may be connected to the asylum Be prepared for a brush with Jungian archetypes of the collective unconscious, a brief encounter with quantum physics and the rising black cloud of Hitler and the Nazis across the border not to mention murder most foul The setting was a brilliant choice given the ethnic and unequal cultural diversity of the time as it mirrored the buried splits in personality that the young psychotherapist is so eager to find I found the epilogue to be superfluous nonetheless, this is an excellent and unsettling historical thriller flag 74 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Jan 11, 2019 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley In 1930 s Czechoslovakia, shortly before the German occupation, six of the most notorious killers in Central Europe are being held at a remote castle now being used as an asylum The castle is an impregnable place that seems to exist as part of a soaring cliff face And it s got history, before the Devil s Six, as they are known, it once housed an infamous killer who would regularly descend from the castle to murder local villagers before returning to the safety of the fortress Psychiatrist Vic In 1930 s Czechoslovakia, shortly before the German occupation, six of the most notorious killers in Central Europe are being held at a remote castle now being used as an asylum The castle is an impregnable place that seems to exist as part of a soaring cliff face And it s got history, before the Devil s Six, as they are known, it once housed an infamous killer who would regularly descend from the castle to murder local villagers before returning to the safety of the fortress Psychiatrist Victor Kos rek is about to test his theory that the evil that emanates from each of the six stems from a phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect Is it possible that he can establish this and even cure them of their evil thoughts and deeds An hour s travel away, in Prague, a serial murderer is on the loose, butchering women in the style of the East London killer Jack the Ripper Known as Leather Apron, clues to the identity of this evil butcher are few but police are under extreme pressure to halt the spree of gruesome murders Heading up the chase is investigator Lu a Smol k.Before these two threads link up we are shown how the tensions present in this relatively new country manifest as its people face the possibility of the extinction of their nation before it has even had chance to fully develop The castle itself and its inmates are brilliantly drawn, with the killers being given monikers such as The Clown, The Woodcutter and The Demon. In fact, the accounts of Victor s narcotic controlled interviews with each individual are minor classics in their own right And Prague too is expertly brought to life with its towers and dark streets, amongst which lurks the grim murderer So we are thrown into a tale of Gothic horror as murders both past and present are visited Just about everyone we meet has some kind of suspicion thrown their way I had a working list of at least five suspects Is it possible that one of the six could be carrying out the recent murders, courtesy of a hidden network of tunnels running from the castle Or is the existence of this network simply folklore This and many other questions are posed as we work our way through this intriguing and engrossing puzzle.It s a long book but I found it just about impossible to put down A superb tale of dark deeds and even darker characters from a writer I ve previously only known for his excellent contemporary crime fiction novels Not only that, I found that it provided an interesting historical insight and a fascinating exploration of Slavic mythology Miss this one at your peril My thanks to Little Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley for providing an advance copy in exchange for an honest review flag 51 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Dec 12, 2018 Ova Excuse My Reading rated it really liked it This novel was like reading Irvin Yalom with a punch of gore a lot of punches, and kicks I really liked how Russell blended Nazism and their White Aryan craziness into the story in the background Also the Jung psychological aspects reminded me of Irvin Yalom s work It s kind of Yalom with a punch of gore The start was amazing, so atmospheric, it made me want to visit Prague The character names were a bit confusing in the start but once I got used to, overall they sound quite charismatic Re This novel was like reading Irvin Yalom with a punch of gore a lot of punches, and kicks I really liked how Russell blended Nazism and their White Aryan craziness into the story in the background Also the Jung psychological aspects reminded me of Irvin Yalom s work It s kind of Yalom with a punch of gore The start was amazing, so atmospheric, it made me want to visit Prague The character names were a bit confusing in the start but once I got used to, overall they sound quite charismatic Really something different, definitely works.The pace slowed down for me a bit when it started going through the Devil s Six I must admit, however the idea of going through each inmate is very original I also liked supernatural elements, parts of it was scary and would love to see this in a movie I think it will make a fantastic gothic horror on the screen The ending was satisfying, however I d prefer it without and epilogue.4 stars Thanks for this good read flag 39 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 13, 2018 Emma rated it it was amazing Shelves historical fiction, psychology, paranormal, thriller, horror, gothic The gateway to hell, a church of Bones, Jungian psychology and Slavic and German mythology, the sense of the gothic, the dark forest, the advent of the Holocaust, all combine here to make a fine, menacing and fear inducing tale,a historical psychological thriller I do believe as in this book, that some places retain the energy and memory of negative emotions and events The combination of mythology and the philosophies of Jung was an inspired choice Well written and researched, this would make The gateway to hell, a church of Bones, Jungian psychology and Slavic and German mythology, the sense of the gothic, the dark forest, the advent of the Holocaust, all combine here to make a fine, menacing and fear inducing tale,a historical psychological thriller I do believe as in this book, that some places retain the energy and memory of negative emotions and events The combination of mythology and the philosophies of Jung was an inspired choice Well written and researched, this would make an atmospheric film Being set in an asylum, this has aspects in common with Shutter Island too flag 35 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 21, 2018 Emma rated it really liked it review of another edition While a possible Jack the Ripper copycat stalks the streets of Prague, frustrating the investigatory efforts of Kapitan Lukas Smolak at every turn and leaving brutally eviscerated victims in his wake, Dr Victor Kosarek, a young and ambitious psychiatrist, heads to Hrad Orlu Asylum where the Devil s Six are held Here he hopes to prove his theory that we all have a hidden darkness, a Devil Aspect, which lurks beneath every seemingly innocent facade His test subjects are the worst of the worst, m While a possible Jack the Ripper copycat stalks the streets of Prague, frustrating the investigatory efforts of Kapitan Lukas Smolak at every turn and leaving brutally eviscerated victims in his wake, Dr Victor Kosarek, a young and ambitious psychiatrist, heads to Hrad Orlu Asylum where the Devil s Six are held Here he hopes to prove his theory that we all have a hidden darkness, a Devil Aspect, which lurks beneath every seemingly innocent facade His test subjects are the worst of the worst, men and women who have killed in nightmarish fashion, yet his methods reveal something darker than anyone could have imagined The set up is exceptionally well done, with questions about the nature of human behaviour and morality layered throughout The author explores the interconnectedness of myth, history, religion, and psychology in understanding what makes people do what they do and the ways in which they explain their behaviour to themselves and others Is there Evil in the world Well, it s 1935 and the rise of Nazism and virulent nationalism provide a menacing backdrop to the story, inescapable evidence of dehumanisation and violence on a grand scale And the difference between this sort of mass psychosis and that of one twisted mind Little The Devil s Six may provide extreme examples of individualistic barbarity, but the racist behaviour of some of the asylum staff also show how small, personal choices feed into a greater horror Dark minds and dark times build upon each other to create a real sense of foreboding, underscored by the reader s knowledge of what is coming, and provides a powerful background for the tense uncertainty of a plot which offers so many possibilities for whodunnit It opens with a stiltedness that is initially off putting, reading almost like it s been badly translated from another language Perhaps this an attempt to reflect the formal tone of the period, but it eases off as the book gets going Certainly, the time and place is richly evoked, darkly atmospheric and filled with fascinating detail The extensive research is clearly evident, adding effectively to the narrative without ever overwhelming it However, there are times when the pacing suffers As interesting as Victor s sessions with the Devil s Six are, they aren t particularly relevant to the plot except to illustrate the paths via which someone might crack Utilised to show the external vs internal foundations of evil acts, these side stories feel like little than a means to shovel in extra acts of sadism Frankly, the story didn t need them Otherwise, it s creatively put together with the kind of signalling that isn t too obvious but becomes beautifully clear on the reveal Whether you see it coming or not depends on how much you ve noticed along the way, but it s done in such a creepily gleeful moment that it hardly matters since it s all stabby fun Even when you think all your questions are answered, there s Always And that s the best kind of conclusion, one that makes you wonder if there s really an end to it at allARC via Netgalley flag 27 likesLike see review Dec 15, 2018 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves read 2018 To be reviewed flag 17 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Caidyn SEMI HIATUS BW Reviews he him his rated it did not like it Shelves historical nonfiction, arc, from publisher or author, mystery horror thriller, dnf This review can also be found on my blog Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review DNF at 50%I really tried with this book It started off with a bang There s a serial killer emulating Jack the Ripper in Czechoslovakia with Nazism around Then, there s an asylum where six patients are kept who are the worst of the worst And somehow they re connected But, I got bored There were too many things going on, so the plot dragged as Russell sets all the scenes and plod This review can also be found on my blog Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review DNF at 50%I really tried with this book It started off with a bang There s a serial killer emulating Jack the Ripper in Czechoslovakia with Nazism around Then, there s an asylum where six patients are kept who are the worst of the worst And somehow they re connected But, I got bored There were too many things going on, so the plot dragged as Russell sets all the scenes and plods along It doesn t help that I can tell the female characters were written by a male They have deep pasts and have sworn off men, then, as soon as a man enters the scene, they want to be with him Like, c mon.In the end, I was dreading picking this up and couldn t bring myself to continue, even if it s an ARC that has fantastic reviews on flag 10 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Sarah rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction The blurb for this book screamed out at me I mean six psychopaths and a serial killer on the loose, what s not to be intrigued about I really loved the concept for the novel and couldn t wait to get started The timing of the story and setting really work together well I liked that the convicts are all kept prisoner in a castle which added to the atmosphere Along with the prisoners, we also have a killer on the loose which had me intrigued as to how all this fitted in together.I have to admit The blurb for this book screamed out at me I mean six psychopaths and a serial killer on the loose, what s not to be intrigued about I really loved the concept for the novel and couldn t wait to get started The timing of the story and setting really work together well I liked that the convicts are all kept prisoner in a castle which added to the atmosphere Along with the prisoners, we also have a killer on the loose which had me intrigued as to how all this fitted in together.I have to admit that the story wasn t as thrilling as I expected it to be The story is set in sections where we see Viktor, the psychiatrist, speak to each prisoner, trying to delve into their minds to work out what makes them tick Whilst finding out about the inmates in part was really interesting, I sadly wasn t as gripped as I would hope to be with this style of book It is a well written novel but didn t meet the high hopes I had set before embarking on reading it There are some surprising turns in the story though which ensured I kept turning the pages Overall, The Devil Aspect was an interesting read It is a dark and brooding story and one that is to be savoured than devoured My thanks to Little Brown Book Group and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it review of another edition The Devil Aspect is a beautifully readable piece of gothic horror from the pen of Craig Russell, a tense and atmospheric historical mystery with an evocative, authentic setting I love those novels that leave you vaguely disturbed and not quite of this world for a while that is what The Devil Aspect achieves, with the horror unfolding on the page within a time where you know worse horrors are to come The author weaves a web around elements of psychology, myth and reality, it is often brutal, o The Devil Aspect is a beautifully readable piece of gothic horror from the pen of Craig Russell, a tense and atmospheric historical mystery with an evocative, authentic setting I love those novels that leave you vaguely disturbed and not quite of this world for a while that is what The Devil Aspect achieves, with the horror unfolding on the page within a time where you know worse horrors are to come The author weaves a web around elements of psychology, myth and reality, it is often brutal, occasionally shocking and always fascinating, a true glimpse into that allegorical abyss.The two strands eventually come together in a genuinely haunting finale, this is part serial killer thriller, part horror and entirely immersive with it s authentic history and it s madly intriguing characters Very good indeed Scary Had me checking for monsters in the closet even as we all know they really reside out in the world Recommended flag 7 likesLike see review Amelia Strydom Great review Sounds like a very interesting read Dec 22, 2018 12 02AM Sheri Great review Jan 28, 2019 07 57PM Nov 18, 2018 Suzanne Synborski rated it it was amazing The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell has something for everyone It is a kaleidoscopic m lange of myth, history, politics, bigotry, psychology, romance, crime, mystery, and sublime horror with each aspect taking turns directing the action, fighting for attention, toying with readers as they struggle to anticipate the shattering denouement However, none can say that the author plays foul all the clues are there to be discovered, but only by the most perceptive readers.The tale takes place in Czech The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell has something for everyone It is a kaleidoscopic m lange of myth, history, politics, bigotry, psychology, romance, crime, mystery, and sublime horror with each aspect taking turns directing the action, fighting for attention, toying with readers as they struggle to anticipate the shattering denouement However, none can say that the author plays foul all the clues are there to be discovered, but only by the most perceptive readers.The tale takes place in Czechoslovakia at a time of political unrest The evil Nazi movement is slithering into existence and marginalized societies sense a chill creeping over them The extraordinarily handsome clinical psychiatrist Dr Viktor Kos rek travels to his new place of employment, the Hrad Orl , an asylum for the criminally insane, home to the Devil s Six six of the most dangerous serial killers in history There Kos rek plans to prove his theory of the Devil Aspect which he believes causes severe mental illness At the same time, police officer Kapit n Luk Smol k, a man of facts and logic, must investigate a series of horrific murders perpetrated by a criminal referred to as Leather Apron Soon, Kos rek and Smol k cross paths as they struggle to reach their antithetical goals.The main characters are deeply complete Each is unique, fully formed, and enhanced by detailed backstories They are real, and readers will connect with them and care about them In addition, the characters fears and superstations offer readers insight of the zeitgeist of the era.The literary quality is sublime and is tailored to mirror the time and place The language might remind readers of Kostova s The Historian in its respect for and faithfulness to a region The prose is smooth, attractive, and easy to read and will immerse readers in period and place.The setting is central Europe in 1935 Czechoslovakia is a trembling region populated by fascinating ethnic groups Myth and superstition dominate minds and bleed into the plot, connecting Dr Kos rek s theory to local reality.The plotting of The Devil Aspect is brilliant, flawless Although random elements may seem initially inconsequential, every single one serves to propel the trajectory forward to a stunning conclusion Every event has a purpose and is an integral element in the trail of bread crumbs that leads to discovery Numerous red herrings will challenge the most discerning reader s intellectual acuity Given the highly complex nature of the story, it is amazing that it all comes together with such exquisite precision.The Devil Aspect will enthrall a wide array of readers and comes highly recommended, especially for lovers of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural who at the end will no doubt cite evidence to support rousing discussions over what is real and what is not.Read it before it hits the big screen.Rougeski Reads flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 25, 2018 gem rated it it was amazing Wow Just wow.What an absolutely incredible book This is without a doubt one of the best books I ve read in the last year.It contains everything I could possibly ask for in a book an exciting and original plot and a cast of intriguing characters all of which are flawed and full of secrets.Viktor s interviews with the 6 criminals at the asylum were fascinating they revealed about the characters and their past crimes and when things get even mysterious it makes the story even inc Wow Just wow.What an absolutely incredible book This is without a doubt one of the best books I ve read in the last year.It contains everything I could possibly ask for in a book an exciting and original plot and a cast of intriguing characters all of which are flawed and full of secrets.Viktor s interviews with the 6 criminals at the asylum were fascinating they revealed about the characters and their past crimes and when things get even mysterious it makes the story even incredible This tied together with the murders echoing Jack the Ripper killings in Prague make this a book full of dark deeds and I absolutely cannot wait for the film Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Elaine Tomasso rated it it was amazing review of another edition I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of The Devil Aspect, a stand alone Gothic thriller set in Czechoslovakia, 1935.Dr Viktor Kos rek takes up a new position at Hrad Orl Asylum which houses the six most violent, insane killers in the country, known collectively as the devil s six His remit is to use cutting edge psychiatric techniques to uncover the evil in them, the eponymous Devil s Aspect, and lead them to a cure In the meantime Captain Luk I would like to thank Netgalley and Little, Brown Book Group UK for an advance copy of The Devil Aspect, a stand alone Gothic thriller set in Czechoslovakia, 1935.Dr Viktor Kos rek takes up a new position at Hrad Orl Asylum which houses the six most violent, insane killers in the country, known collectively as the devil s six His remit is to use cutting edge psychiatric techniques to uncover the evil in them, the eponymous Devil s Aspect, and lead them to a cure In the meantime Captain Luk Smol k is hunting a vicious serial killer nicknamed Leather Apron These two men s paths are to cross in strange ways.I have never read a gothic novel before but being such a fan of Mr Russell s writing I decided to take the plunge with The Devil Aspect I was unsure of what to expect, normally finding the supernatural impossible to swallow, so I m pleased to report that I loved it The novel is an amazing read from the intriguing and initially incomprehensible prologue I only saw the full significance of it after finishing the novel to the final, unexpected twists It had me glued to the pages as it covers so much ground, incorporating Jungian analysis in an easily digestible manner and much folklore and myths the research effort is obvious but not laboured The plot, however, is what drives the novel It has a linear timeline and is alternately narrated by Kos rek and Smol k and steadily builds up to a conclusion I didn t see coming It has an easy, readable style which adds to the reading pleasure despite the atmosphere Mr Russell creates It is a brooding novel, filled with violence, terror and a sort of anticipation of worse to come Mr Russell s unfolding of events is masterful with the novel building up slowly to a crescendo at the end.The setting of 1935 Czechoslovakia adds to the sense of menace Czechoslovakia is a young country created out of political necessity rather than ethnicity so it has a rich, ancient cultural history which mirrors the new science of mental health versus the old legends superstitions I like the way the author effortlessly mixes all these angles To further increase the tension the Nazis and their Aryan nationalism are hovering It all adds up to a tense, uneasy read which I have no hesitation in recommending flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Jessica Woodbury rated it liked it Shelves arc, historical fiction, horror, crime mystery There really should be crime horror mashups and this book is a relatively good example of how the two can go nicely together with a historical setting to make it a three fer This should hit a lot of readers buttons a serial killer, some thematic ties to Jack the Ripper, and an ancient castle that s now an asylum for Europe s worst criminal psychopaths What s not to love I always struggle a little bit with this kind of horror novel, where a man of science is coming in looking for evide There really should be crime horror mashups and this book is a relatively good example of how the two can go nicely together with a historical setting to make it a three fer This should hit a lot of readers buttons a serial killer, some thematic ties to Jack the Ripper, and an ancient castle that s now an asylum for Europe s worst criminal psychopaths What s not to love I always struggle a little bit with this kind of horror novel, where a man of science is coming in looking for evidence of his theories, but we all know that really there is something supernatural underneath it all It feels a little bit too much like we all know what is going to happen already and sometimes it takes away a bit of the pleasure of the journey for me This book definitely has some of the well worn tropes, but I will give it some solid credit for surprising me I thought I had the whole thing figured out, I was lulled into a false sense of horror novel security, and then the rug was pulled out from under me a bit and that is something I always always enjoy So I tip my hat to this book for managing to walk the line between using tropes and breaking things up a bit.That said, this isn t the most subtle of novels It s set in pre WWII Czechoslovakia and if you do not want nonstop unsubtle foreshadowing of great evils to come, then this is not the book for you If you are the kind of person who will roll your eyes when our protagonist falls in love with literally the only woman within a 10 mile radius, then maybe not the book for you Despite its comfortable home in the tropes of horror and crime novels, it s still very creepy and quite dark This isn t just a one serial killer book, you have a special creeptastic asylum of them Plus some Jungian psychoanalysis and a detective who worries that his dreams may be a sign that he s involved in the crimes he s trying to solve than he realizes There s fun to be had here if you re looking for a change up from the run of the mill serial killer novel flag 4 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Lou rated it it was amazing Check out my new Interview with Craig Russell On writing and his novel The Devil AspectThere was a village outside Prague surrounding an asylum that was once a castle.A Devil or devils, one bad man from time ago, Jan of the Black Heart, and six men, killers in captivity in the asylum.A psychologist Dr Viktor Kos rek investigating his theory of the devil aspect along with the villagers growing untrustworthy of the Hrad Orlu Asylum goings on and doings.Mythologies, legends, identities, malice, li Check out my new Interview with Craig Russell On writing and his novel The Devil AspectThere was a village outside Prague surrounding an asylum that was once a castle.A Devil or devils, one bad man from time ago, Jan of the Black Heart, and six men, killers in captivity in the asylum.A psychologist Dr Viktor Kos rek investigating his theory of the devil aspect along with the villagers growing untrustworthy of the Hrad Orlu Asylum goings on and doings.Mythologies, legends, identities, malice, light and darkness, the seen and unseen, doings and undoings with malevolence set in motion.Two hunters, one a detective, another a psychologist, an inner and outer affair.The hunted, a killer or a devil What truths will prevail One aspect clear.A centuries old villain ingeniously resurrected in this tale.A slow burning insidious malevolent tale, successfully Impregnating the subconscious of the readers mind with the devils aspects and ensuing rumination on perceptions Review flag 4 likesLike see review Sheri This sounds so good Jan 07, 2019 05 12PM Misty Awesome review You totally rock 17 hours, 26 min ago Lou Thanks now I will roll 17 hours, 20 min ago Dec 08, 2018 Annette rated it really liked it This novel brings a fictional character of Viktor Kosarek, who was trained by Carl Jung true character a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology Dr Kosarek introduces his sedative aided hypnosis therapy to his patients to find the Devil Aspect in human psychology While he works on his cases, the folk myths, superstition and legends of Easter Europe come out.1935, Prague, CzechoslovakiaDr Viktor Kosarek, 29 years old, just recently was an intern at Bohnice A This novel brings a fictional character of Viktor Kosarek, who was trained by Carl Jung true character a Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who founded analytical psychology Dr Kosarek introduces his sedative aided hypnosis therapy to his patients to find the Devil Aspect in human psychology While he works on his cases, the folk myths, superstition and legends of Easter Europe come out.1935, Prague, CzechoslovakiaDr Viktor Kosarek, 29 years old, just recently was an intern at Bohnice Asylum Now, he has taken a new position at Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane A place known for confining murderers known as the Devil s Six As he travels to his new post outside Prague, on the train he meets an archeologist who reveals to him the story of the Neolithic hill fort on which the castle was built and of the network of caves Now, the castle is an asylum holding the most extreme cases in Europe When he arrives at the city of Mlada Boleslav, the nearest major settlement to the castle, the culture aspect of two languages is being revealed Czech and German.At the castle, he meets Judita Blochova, his mentor s daughter Due to her Jewish heritage and due to the Nuremberg Race Laws, she was forced to stop her studies in medicine as the new laws put anti Semitic restrictions on education.The bright doctor introduces his new therapy to his new six patients And while the cases are revealed, the story of the castle itself gets unraveled including a story of a lord of the castle named Jan of the Black Heart.Meanwhile, Kaptain Lukas Smolak is investigating murders happening in the city of Prague In his custody, there is someone Smolak interrogated many times before and had been guilty Tobar Bihari is a Gypsy and that would have been enough for some police officers to find Tobar guilty But Smolak knew that prejudice was the quickest path to a false conviction When the gypsy reveals his superstition that is something new to the detective On a personal note, I do not read criminal stories, but the aspect of new hypnosis got me interested in this story And what engrossed me into this story was the aspect of culture and folklore of Eastern Europe The story is skillfully written and richly imagined Again on a personal note, as not a reader of criminal stories, I wished the book had a bit feeling of place and its village people below the castle and a bit less of descriptive cases which were still expertly written FB BestHistoricalFiction flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Jannelies rated it it was amazing Shelves five stars So far, I ve only read some of the Jan Fabel books by Russell, but I liked them a lot so I was curious about this book by the same author Is it a thriller Is it a novel Is it historical fiction Is it horror Is it non fiction A brief history of the few short or less peaceful years in young Czechoslovakia, before Hitler took over All of the above, I think But most of all, by far the best book I ve read in 2018 and it was a very good year in books I don t have to tell you who the ma So far, I ve only read some of the Jan Fabel books by Russell, but I liked them a lot so I was curious about this book by the same author Is it a thriller Is it a novel Is it historical fiction Is it horror Is it non fiction A brief history of the few short or less peaceful years in young Czechoslovakia, before Hitler took over All of the above, I think But most of all, by far the best book I ve read in 2018 and it was a very good year in books I don t have to tell you who the main characters are because you can read that easily from all the previously published reviews What I would like to try and write about is how this story made me feel To start with that I feel absolutely inadequate to even try and review a book as impressively good as this one Here, Craig Russell is at his best in describing not only the characters in the book, but he succeeds in re telling old stories in a way that the characters in those stories blend seamlessly into the main story Czechoslovakia itself plays an important role, because the country as a whole is mightily struggling there are so many ethnic groups within its borders groups that don t always see eye to eye We all know how this ended and during the story we can see and feel the evil that lurks in the near future It all starts quite innocent, with young psychiatrist Victor leaving Prague for his new and prestigious job His only regret is that he cannot properly say goodbye to his best friend Filip and here it is that the reader starts wondering about Filip Who is he and why is he not present to say goodbye to Viktor And later, when Viktor meets the young woman that is fast to become the love of his life, we feel that something must and will go wrong Such is the atmosphere of the book It is the kind of story that you want to read than once, and keep close because Russell did some extensive research, of which he naturally could not use everything in the book itself It is up to the reader to educate him herself and discover the many, many things that lie beneath this story I think the story may be a little entertaining for European readers, because Europeans will be conversant with the whole background Many thanks to Little, Brown for the digital review copy flag 4 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Pamela I Blame Wizards rated it really liked it Shelves arcs 2018, crime, fiction, gothic, thriller The Devil Aspect by Craig Russel was a gripping read, rich with historical research, well developed characters, and a believable setting It s a mix of crime thriller and gothic horror, and treads the line masterfully, leaving the supernatural elements of the story ambiguous This should have been a five star read Craig Russel is a spectacular writer His pacing is perfect, and his description and worldbuilding absolutely sublime What brought the book down for me though was that the plo The Devil Aspect by Craig Russel was a gripping read, rich with historical research, well developed characters, and a believable setting It s a mix of crime thriller and gothic horror, and treads the line masterfully, leaving the supernatural elements of the story ambiguous This should have been a five star read Craig Russel is a spectacular writer His pacing is perfect, and his description and worldbuilding absolutely sublime What brought the book down for me though was that the plot twist was made evident in the very first chapter When the book reached its climax, I knew exactly where it was going, and this flattened the reading experience somewhat for me The Devil Aspect is intelligently written and delves into some of the deeper concepts of human psychology and the nature of God and the Devil It tackles Jungian concepts, intertwining it with Slavic folklore, and the political history of Czechoslovakia It was a big task, but Russel rises to it masterfully He creates deep characters, all with inner turmoil and unique motivations He realistically writes about character reactions to the political crisis with the rise of Nazism, showing how different people would have viewed the politics of the day with varying degrees of acceptance, fear, and dismissal One of Russel s masterful strokes is that he subtly compares the thoughts and motivations of his protagonists with the actions of The Devil s Six the six criminals housed in the Hrad Orlu Asylum where young psychiatrist, Victor Kosarek is allowed to test his new methods in order to find the darkness within the prisoners that he terms The Devil Aspect While a Jack the Ripper style murderer terrorises Prague with no obvious motivation, the reader hears the stories of The Devil s Six, whose crimes are given a human side, really making us question the nature of Evil When science can t yet explain a phenomenon rationally, superstition explains it irrationally That doesn t make the phenomenon any less real. The pacing of The Devil Aspect comes on you like a creeping dread As the novel went on, I found myself feeling and uncomfortable, worrying for the characters and their futures I felt pity for The Devil s Six, and frustration at the rampant nationalism in the background for which we all know the inevitable consequence There was a real sense of mystery underlying the narrative, and I was utterly engrossed There is no such thing as the supernatural You know that, I know that, anyone with any intelligence knows that All there is, is all there is but you know we re a long way from understanding it all. Perhaps that s why I found the last few chapters a little disappointing There had been such a sense of mystery the whole way through, but as the The Devil Aspect reached its climax, I realised I knew exactly how things would unfold, and how the inevitable plot twist would play out The subtle dread that permeated the novel gave way to an action sequence that was a little on the nose and didn t feel entirely believable within the carefully constructed pacing of the novel While the ending was a little disappointing though, the rest of The Devil Aspect than made up for it It s definitely a book that I would recommend, and I m looking forward to reading of Craig Russel s work flag 2 likesLike see review Sumit RK Excellent Review, Pamela It s also on my tbr 20 hours, 5 min ago Dec 07, 2018 Barbara Senteney rated it it was amazing Shelves best books 2018 The Devil s Six are criminals so insane that they are locked away in a castle converted to a hospital prison Viktor a Dr on his way to this hospital confronts a criminal who also may be a killer, and the police shoot him down as he tries to attack the traveling Dr Young women and children are disappearing and ending up dead after brutal torture The police and locals all fear one of the crazies at the hospital is responsible somehow.There are age old rumors of caves beneath the castle and sec The Devil s Six are criminals so insane that they are locked away in a castle converted to a hospital prison Viktor a Dr on his way to this hospital confronts a criminal who also may be a killer, and the police shoot him down as he tries to attack the traveling Dr Young women and children are disappearing and ending up dead after brutal torture The police and locals all fear one of the crazies at the hospital is responsible somehow.There are age old rumors of caves beneath the castle and secret passages out from the pirate days This story was new and refreshing I have never read anything like it I enjoyed very much the patient secession s with Dr Viktor A little Frankenstein ish, but in a mental sense not a physical sense Even though each patient was labeled a serial killer their methods and reasoning were all different Dr Viktor has a theory that a basic evil lies at the root of the patients madness, and he is determined to find it, prove it, and cure the disease from it s root There are many suspects, everyone has a suspect in mind I never saw any of it coming, the ending was truly unexpected and shocking Sorry I didn t mention the other characters because the names are foreign to me and I think I covered the basic story I loved it It was exciting, and very twisted, flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Schuyler Wallace rated it it was amazing Award winning British author, Craig Robinson, has added his take on the concept of the Devil in The Devil Aspect, and it s a weird, horrifying view that had me in its grip from the beginning.1935 finds six homicidal maniacs confined in an isolated castle in Czechoslovakia Their acts are so horrific that they are referred to as the Devil s Six, and they are the sole inmates in Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane near Prague They are immobilized and closely supervised to keep them under Award winning British author, Craig Robinson, has added his take on the concept of the Devil in The Devil Aspect, and it s a weird, horrifying view that had me in its grip from the beginning.1935 finds six homicidal maniacs confined in an isolated castle in Czechoslovakia Their acts are so horrific that they are referred to as the Devil s Six, and they are the sole inmates in Hrad Orlu Asylum for the Criminally Insane near Prague They are immobilized and closely supervised to keep them under control Dr Viktor Kos rek, a dedicated psychiatrist known for innovative techniques, has recently been hired to unlock their deranged secrets and, hopefully, find a cure for their illnesses.While the demented inmates are secured away in their remote prison, Prague is under assault by another serial murderer, known as Leather Apron, who is butchering victims across the city His killing habits closely follow those of Jack the Ripper in London, some fifty years earlier Investigators are interested in the behavior patterns of the inmates and how they might give clues to the mind of the current maniacal person Are there links between all of them and other serial killers throughout time Police investigators join with the doctor at Hrad Orlu in trying to establish patterns in the psychotic criminal mind that will aid in the capture of Leather ApronDr Kos rek utilizes a new medical technique to prove the patients share a common model of evil known as the Devil s Aspect His studies into these maniacs, who are outwardly very physically and psychologically different, reveals a commonality that provokes a much darker secret there is a hidden bond in the depths of their warped minds that explodes centuries of belief about the very existence of the Devil Deep chemical and hypnotic probing brings revelations that appear to extend to the behavior of Leather Apron and, possibly, to every demented person in history.Robinson appears to be infatuated with the subject of evil and the Devil His research is carefully conducted and the findings, when combined with Eastern European folklore, religious extremism, and traditional beliefs, have been carefully woven into his story Although the actual history is extensive and complex, the author has presented it in graphic and opulent prose that never fails to involve the reader in his story I was fascinated and entertained throughout, finding the book to be impossible to set aside flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Kat rated it it was amazing review of another edition Well this compulsive book certainly has everything, a serial killer leather apron , 6 highly dangerous serial killers locked securely in an an ancient castle and the devil aspect It is a fantastic novel full of mystery, very gruesome and an excellent and unique plot line Set in the wild countryside of Czechoslovakia and brimming with suspense and terror it makes for one hell of a good read and oh my goodness what an ending and one I had not expected one bit and it was just jaw dropping to s Well this compulsive book certainly has everything, a serial killer leather apron , 6 highly dangerous serial killers locked securely in an an ancient castle and the devil aspect It is a fantastic novel full of mystery, very gruesome and an excellent and unique plot line Set in the wild countryside of Czechoslovakia and brimming with suspense and terror it makes for one hell of a good read and oh my goodness what an ending and one I had not expected one bit and it was just jaw dropping to say the least It s an intense book full of detail and exceptionally well written, the characters are all superb and to say would spoil the story so if you want a terrifying but brilliant read you have it all hereI loved it and can t praise it enough.My thanks to the wonderful Craig Russell, NetGalley and Little,Brown book group UK Constable for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Kat rated it it was amazing Well this compulsive book certainly has everything, a serial killer leather apron , 6 highly dangerous serial killers locked securely in an an ancient castle and the devil aspect It is a fantastic novel full of mystery, very gruesome and an excellent and unique plot line Set in the wild countryside of Czechoslovakia and brimming with suspense and terror it makes for one hell of a good read and oh my goodness what an ending and one I had not expected one bit and it was just jaw dropping to s Well this compulsive book certainly has everything, a serial killer leather apron , 6 highly dangerous serial killers locked securely in an an ancient castle and the devil aspect It is a fantastic novel full of mystery, very gruesome and an excellent and unique plot line Set in the wild countryside of Czechoslovakia and brimming with suspense and terror it makes for one hell of a good read and oh my goodness what an ending and one I had not expected one bit and it was just jaw dropping to say the least It s an intense book full of detail and exceptionally well written, the characters are all superb and to say would spoil the story so if you want a terrifying but brilliant read you have it all hereI loved it and can t praise it enough.My thanks to the wonderful Craig Russell, NetGalley and Little,Brown book group UK Constable for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 27, 2018 Sharon rated it it was amazing Shelves 2019 Review to come flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 04, 2018 Lou Jacobs rated it it was amazing Myth and legend blend into explanations for present day mysteries The setting is in Czechoslovakia in a small village nestled in the foothills of the ancient Hrad Orlu Castle At any moment the image of Dr Frankenstein materializing out of the mist is expected The castle just happens to be the site for confinement and supposed treatment for the Devil s Six six of the most notorious serial killers in history The locals refer to it as The Castle of Witches rumor has it that it is actually Myth and legend blend into explanations for present day mysteries The setting is in Czechoslovakia in a small village nestled in the foothills of the ancient Hrad Orlu Castle At any moment the image of Dr Frankenstein materializing out of the mist is expected The castle just happens to be the site for confinement and supposed treatment for the Devil s Six six of the most notorious serial killers in history The locals refer to it as The Castle of Witches rumor has it that it is actually a stronghold for Sudetener Nazi s that are conducting horrendous experiments on Czech citizens Historically it is the time of the emerging cloud and madness of Hitler and Nazi Germany Everyone seemed to be blind to what was before their eyes everyone could see the gradual accumulation of cruelties but not their clustering into some monstrous ultimate malice Professor Romanek has read Dr Viktor Kosarik s theoretical paper on the Devil s Aspect and is enthralled and impressed enough to interview him The handsome and aristocratic Dr Kosarik s is hired and is anxious to begin his research on the Devils s Six utilizing his novel techniques of drug induced hypnosis interview He is convinced there is a real entity harbored in the minds of the violently insane and is intent on drawing it out and binding it Viktor believes that the Devil is responsible for all of the darkness and evil in society and all the madness and violence dwelling in the insane individual He denies the presence of a supernatural devil but rather a force alive in all of us, but most prominent in the violently insane At the same time in the local area, police officer Kapitan Lukas Smolak is investigating a series of horrific murders by the so called Leather Apron the murders bear an uncanny resemblance to those attributed to Jack The Ripper The locals believe the legend of Jan of the Black Heart an aristocrat known responsible for murders who was confined and supposedly walled up in the castle however legend has it that through a warren of underground tunnels and caves Jan was able to escape at night and continue his massacre of women and girls The locals are convinced that the Devil s Six are the culprits in present murder spree The narrative is stacked with well fleshed out characters most with a nefarious cloud hanging over them Details are doled out in delicious morsels The prose is extremely cinematic with intense and provocative images conjured up in the mind The exciting denouement is wonderful and only expected if one pays close attention to subtle clues and crumbs Thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday for providing this Uncorrected Proof of this gem , in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 11, 2018 Vera rated it really liked it review of another edition Everything about The Devil Aspect spoke to me it is set in Czechoslovakia in 1935 I grew up in the Czech Republic , has a psychological aspect, is Gothic and full of Eastern European folklore I was sold before I even started reading it What did I think Let me put it this way I have a feeling, this book will haunt my dreams for a while Its Gothic setting, enriched with folk legends, created a creepy sense of something gloomy and evil lurking in dark sections of Prague s cobbled streets Everything about The Devil Aspect spoke to me it is set in Czechoslovakia in 1935 I grew up in the Czech Republic , has a psychological aspect, is Gothic and full of Eastern European folklore I was sold before I even started reading it What did I think Let me put it this way I have a feeling, this book will haunt my dreams for a while Its Gothic setting, enriched with folk legends, created a creepy sense of something gloomy and evil lurking in dark sections of Prague s cobbled streets And I loved it.I will not lie to you there is a lot of gore involved I grew up reading Stephen King and certain aspects of this book brought me back my teenage obsession with horror If that is something that can bother you, you may want to proceed with care.There are two story lines that intertwine The first one is told by Viktor an ambitious psychologist that is working with six serial killers trying to uncover their Devil Aspect Viktor s work is based on collective unconscious a theory introduced by Carl Jung to represent a form of the mind that contains memories and impulses of which the person is not aware of.The second narrative is told by Lukas a detective trying to capture a murderer called Leather Apron, who is replicating crimes of Jack the Ripper.The plot is working out if the Devil Aspect exists as well as finding out who the murderer is.Russell skilfully leaves a trail of breadcrumbs, which we can follow if we pay close attention to it The answers to the mystery are all there, but we must carefully look for them That is what I really appreciated The ending wasn t a giant twist for me but the process of finding out the answers was a lot of fun and left me with a smug sense of self satisfaction in the end.The Devil Aspect is set in Czechoslovakia in 1935 Czechs call this period First Republic Czechoslovakia was formed in 1918, after the World War I ended, and its First Republic stage lasted till Munich agreement in 1938 I thought Russell splendidly captured the Czech nature I loved how he got certain behavioural nuances, sometimes only locals are aware of It felt authentic and I honestly am impressed by that.I also appreciated the local folklore I remember it, as if it was yesterday, my grandma symbolically spitting three times over her left shoulder to ward off any evil powers as the devil is known to be sitting on people s left shoulders This superstition is mentioned in the book amongst many others and brought me back a lot of nostalgia.Overall, it is a relatively fast paced and highly atmospheric read.I had a lot of fun guessing the mystery part of this book and recommend The Devil Aspect to those, who enjoy dark Gothic horror stories.My review can also be found on my blog UnfilteredTalesI would like to thank both the author and the publisher, Little Brown Book Group for an advanced readers copy of this book in an exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 30, 2019 Cat rated it it was amazing The brief synopsis of this book grabbed my attention because its story mentions castles and is located in Prague a hopelessly romantic, yet hypnotically scary, historic and beautiful city.These two bullets alone grabbed my interest, and I felt the plot would be somewhat boilerplate Wrong So very dangerously wrong.Craig Russell has a grand imagination, and he s cranked out a believable historical fiction here with the hopelessly handsome yet single young psychiatrist, Viktor Kosarek, trained The brief synopsis of this book grabbed my attention because its story mentions castles and is located in Prague a hopelessly romantic, yet hypnotically scary, historic and beautiful city.These two bullets alone grabbed my interest, and I felt the plot would be somewhat boilerplate Wrong So very dangerously wrong.Craig Russell has a grand imagination, and he s cranked out a believable historical fiction here with the hopelessly handsome yet single young psychiatrist, Viktor Kosarek, trained by the famous Dr Jung We re reminded on numerous occasions that he resembles a vampire and his persona is well suited for the cold and drafty Hrad Orlu Asylum, located in the mountain cliffs outside Prague, where he has taken a new position in order to study the six criminally insane patients locked up within the castle walls And in the air and the minds of other employees of the asylum is the enchanting prose of the new leader in Germany, whose words are enthralling many to ostracize those of the Jewish faith Thus we have an ominous cloud inside and outside the cold clammy walls of this foreboding castle.Viktor has coined the phrase the devil aspect to describe what he believes is a common archetype of evil found in most criminals of brutal and senseless crimes He conducts sessions where he injects high levels of serum to the point of death in order to bring forth the true evil within each patent s soul.Intertwined with this absurd and oh so not normal doctorly deed is the local folklore and legends preached by the townspeople who detest the asylum and its tenants.This is a well researched novel with a very realistic foundation I was caught up in the therapy sessions, the local crimes and the history and beauty of the country as I rushed to find out who did what to whom.I must say, I didn t see it coming I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review Thank you to Doubleday Books for making it available flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Mary Picken rated it it was amazing Shelves crime, historical fiction, literary fiction It does not take long to appreciate what a fine writer Mr Russell is Starting The Devil Aspect, I immediately felt transported to the 1930 s From the way people speak to an understanding of the culture and community of Czechoslovakia, Craig Russell has captured the mood and s of a people at a time of turbulence and unwelcome change.In Prague, these troubled times re underlined by the fear struck into the hearts of the townspeople as a result of the brutal murders of several women murders It does not take long to appreciate what a fine writer Mr Russell is Starting The Devil Aspect, I immediately felt transported to the 1930 s From the way people speak to an understanding of the culture and community of Czechoslovakia, Craig Russell has captured the mood and s of a people at a time of turbulence and unwelcome change.In Prague, these troubled times re underlined by the fear struck into the hearts of the townspeople as a result of the brutal murders of several women murders which have an unsettling similarity to those of Jack the Ripper This murderer, dubbed Leather Apron, is being pursued by the police force led by Kapitan Lukas Smolak, but forensic evidence is hard to come by and when at last some is found, it is hard to credit that it could be the work of a known petty criminal whom they take into custody.German fascism is on the rise and the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia is not far away Our protagonist is psychiatrist Victor Kos rek, headed for the most notorious asylum in central Europe Hrad Orlu Asylum is a fortress of a castle high on a cliff face, seemingly impregnable The castle is feared by the villagers that surround it not just because it currently houses six of the most fiendish serial killers known as the Devil s Six, but also because it has an unpleasant history that goes back into folklore memory.Victor Kos rek has a head full of theories after studying under noted psychologist Carl Jung and he has come to the high security asylum to test his theory that the incarnate evil that is embodied in each the six sadistic killer patients stems from a common phenomenon known as The Devil Aspect an aspect of human psychology that is responsible for dark impulses Viktor believes that if he can, through their subconscious, reach this aspect, he may be able to understand and and possibly cure their malevolent, macabre impulses.With wonderful detail and precision, never putting a foot wrong, yet laying a trail of false clues up and down the mountain, Russell explores the ways in which folklore, history, religion, and psychology come together to explain how people behave and how they justify that behaviour all the time with the rise of fascism hovering over our shouldersAs I was quickly sucked into this fabulously gothic tale of madness, horror and foreshadowing worse to come, I was struck by how beautifully resonant the atmosphere is In many ways I was reminded of the writing of Bram Stoker and Robert Louis Stevenson, for this is a literary book that will than hold its own alongside Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde and Frankenstein.Beautifully researched, the parallels between the savage murders and the unspeakable horrors of the Third Reich to come are ever present, leading to a very real sense of dread in this reader.Verdict Craig Russell has created an astonishing virtuoso piece of gothic horror writing It is utterly immersive, authentically complex and completely propulsive I was by turns transfixed, terrified and gripped This is a must read for all fans of literary fiction, great crime and horror writing flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 22, 2019 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell, published by Doubleday.Category Mystery Thriller Publication Date March 05, 2019.In 1935,Viktor Kosarek a recently graduated Psychiatrist who studied under Karl Jung, applies and receives a position at the infamous hospital in Czechoslovakia for the criminally insane This state of the art hospital has only 6 patients, all who have committed unspeakable murders The six are called, the Woodcutter, the Clown, the Glass Collector, the Vegetarian , the Sciom The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell, published by Doubleday.Category Mystery Thriller Publication Date March 05, 2019.In 1935,Viktor Kosarek a recently graduated Psychiatrist who studied under Karl Jung, applies and receives a position at the infamous hospital in Czechoslovakia for the criminally insane This state of the art hospital has only 6 patients, all who have committed unspeakable murders The six are called, the Woodcutter, the Clown, the Glass Collector, the Vegetarian , the Sciomancer, and the Demon Viktor has a theory called The Devil Aspect and under narcohypnosis hopes to discover the reasoning for their insanity.Judita Blochova, who is on staff at the hospital, becomes romantically involved with Viktor She is very concerned over his treatment and belief that the Devil is inherent in every person She warms him, Maybe it would be best if you left the Devil alone in his hiding place In then meantime, in Prague, brutal murders are being carried out by a person that seems to be emulating Jack the Ripper The Inspector in Charge, Lukas Smolak, turns to the Doctors at the hospital in hopes of understanding and catching this killer A novel that will be enjoyed by both those who love a good mystery and a good horror story, the reader should be cautioned that some parts of the novel are very graphic flag 1 likeLike see review Oct 16, 2018 KruemelGizmo rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves neuzug nge 2018 Prag in den drei iger Jahren Der junge Arzt Viktor wechselt von Prag in die Irrenanstalt Hrad Orl um zu versuchen, die dort eingesperrten Kriminellen zu heilen Bei den Kriminellen handelt es sich um die gef hrlichsten M rder, die das Land kennt Gleichzeitig werden in Prag Frauen auf bestialische Weise ermordet und bald hat Viktor den Verdacht, dass sein alter Studienfreund Filip der T ter sein k nnte Wo der Teufel ruht stammt aus der Feder von Craig Russel.Viktor Kos rek ist ein junger Psych Prag in den drei iger Jahren Der junge Arzt Viktor wechselt von Prag in die Irrenanstalt Hrad Orl um zu versuchen, die dort eingesperrten Kriminellen zu heilen Bei den Kriminellen handelt es sich um die gef hrlichsten M rder, die das Land kennt Gleichzeitig werden in Prag Frauen auf bestialische Weise ermordet und bald hat Viktor den Verdacht, dass sein alter Studienfreund Filip der T ter sein k nnte Wo der Teufel ruht stammt aus der Feder von Craig Russel.Viktor Kos rek ist ein junger Psychiater, der gerne seine Theorien zum Teufels Aspekt beweisen m chte In der Irrenanstalt Hrad Orl erh lt er die Chance dazu und darf dort die schlimmsten Verbrecher behandeln Neben seiner T tigkeit macht er sich aber immer mehr Sorgen um seinen Freund Filip, der sich immer mehr ver ndert und bald hat er den Verdacht, dass er der gesuchte Frauenm rder sein k nnte, der ungeheure Verbrechen in Prag begeht Kapit n Luk s Smol k untersucht die Morde, und hat auch bald einen Verd chtigen.Der Thriller spielt in den drei iger Jahren in der noch jungen Tschechoslowakei, was mich neben der Handlung in einer Irrenanstalt als Setting direkt angesprochen hatte Viktor Kos rek als Charakter erscheint sehr sympathisch aber auch sehr ehrgeizig, denn f r seinen Studien werden auch schon mal die Sorgen um den Studienfreund hintenangestellt Die Therapie und die Behandlung der gewaltt tigen Insassen habe ich interessant gefunden, aber oftmals nicht wirklich spannend Erst im letzten Drittel kommt f r mich bei den Sitzungen wirklich Spannung auf, was ich ein wenig schade fand Die Ermittlungen in Prag um den bestialischen Frauenm rder k nnte mich mit seiner Atmosph re und seiner Spannung mehr f r sich einnehmen, allen voran Kapit n Luk s Smol k, der mir als Ermittler ausgesprochen gut gefallen hat Neben den psychiatrischen Behandlungen und dem Kriminalfall in Prag werden noch umfangreiche mythologische Themen, die Angst vor den Nationalsozialisten in Deutschland und der immer mehr sp rbaren Antisemetismus in der Tschechoslowakei in die Geschichte eingewoben, was die Geschichte f r mich in sich abrundete Mein Fazit Ein Thriller, mit einer interessanten aber f r mich leider nicht immer spannenden Geschichte flag 1 likeLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Award winning, best selling and critically acclaimed author His novels have been published in twenty five languages around the world The movie rights to the Devil Aspect have been bought by Columbia Pictures Biblical, his science fiction novel, has been acquired by Imag Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Award winning, best selling and critically acclaimed author His novels have been published in twenty five languages around the world The movie rights to the Devil Aspect have been bought by Columbia Pictures Biblical, his science fiction novel, has been acquired by Imaginarium Studios Sonar Entertainment, four Jan Fabel novels have been made into movies in one of which Craig Russell makes a cameo appearance as a detective for ARD, the German national broadcaster, and the Lennox series has been optioned for TV development.Craig Russell won the 2015 Crime Book of the Year McIlvanney Prize for The Ghosts of Altona , and is currently longlisted for the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for The Quiet Death of Thomas Quaid , the latest in the Lennox series was a finalist for the 2013 Ellis Peters Historical Dagger was a finalist for the 2012 Crime Book of the Year McIlvanney Prize won the 2008 CWA Dagger in the Library for the Fabel series was a finalist for the 2007 CWA Duncan Lawrie Golden Dagger was a finalist for the 2007 SNCF Prix Polar in France is the only non German to be awarded the highly prestigious Polizeistern by the Polizei Hamburg.Official website Fanpage writes under the pseudonym Christopher Galt


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    1. The wonderful Craig Russell s latest novel is a Gothic Horror, a well researched piece of historical fiction set in Czechoslovakia amidst a background that echoes the rising drumbeat of Nazism in Germany and its consequent repercussions It is 1935, Victor Kosarek, an ambitious psychiatrist who studied under Carl Jung, takes up his post at the notorious Hrad Orlu Asylum housed in a ancient medieval castle steeped in dark history and local folklore This cutting edge and well resourced facility i T [...]


    2. Czechoslovakia 1935, and in scenes reminiscent of London s Jack the Ripper, someone is butchering women in a most brutal and sickening manner Cold, damp, and foggy weather lends an ethereal and creepy feel to the streets and alleyways of Prague s Old Town, whilst at the same time having the effect of dulling the streetlights very convenient for those with murder in mind In a small village outside Prague, psychiatrist Victor is about to start his new job at an asylum for the criminally insane Cze [...]


    3. In Czechoslovakia 1935, a small rural village sits in the sinister gloom of an ancient castle that has a primordial history of evil It is now being used as an asylum for six of the most violent murderers in Europe and their murders are indeed stomach churning A young psychotherapist begins his work with the patients at the asylum in order to prove his theory of The Devil Aspect of personality In Prague, a detective attempts to solve brutal murders that than resemble those of Jack the Rip In Cze [...]


    4. In 1930 s Czechoslovakia, shortly before the German occupation, six of the most notorious killers in Central Europe are being held at a remote castle now being used as an asylum The castle is an impregnable place that seems to exist as part of a soaring cliff face And it s got history, before the Devil s Six, as they are known, it once housed an infamous killer who would regularly descend from the castle to murder local villagers before returning to the safety of the fortress Psychiatrist [...]


    5. This novel was like reading Irvin Yalom with a punch of gore a lot of punches, and kicks I really liked how Russell blended Nazism and their White Aryan craziness into the story in the background Also the Jung psychological aspects reminded me of Irvin Yalom s work It s kind of Yalom with a punch of gore The start was amazing, so atmospheric, it made me want to visit Prague The character names were a bit confusing in the start but once I got used to, overall they sound quite charismatic Re This [...]


    6. The gateway to hell, a church of Bones, Jungian psychology and Slavic and German mythology, the sense of the gothic, the dark forest, the advent of the Holocaust, all combine here to make a fine, menacing and fear inducing tale,a historical psychological thriller I do believe as in this book, that some places retain the energy and memory of negative emotions and events The combination of mythology and the philosophies of Jung was an inspired choice Well written and researched, this would make Th [...]


    7. While a possible Jack the Ripper copycat stalks the streets of Prague, frustrating the investigatory efforts of Kapitan Lukas Smolak at every turn and leaving brutally eviscerated victims in his wake, Dr Victor Kosarek, a young and ambitious psychiatrist, heads to Hrad Orlu Asylum where the Devil s Six are held Here he hopes to prove his theory that we all have a hidden darkness, a Devil Aspect, which lurks beneath every seemingly innocent facade His test subjects are the worst of the worst, m W [...]


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