Book InfoThe Salvation of Kora by Yolanda Olson
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Genres: Horror, Psychological Fiction
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Life hasn’t been easy since the accident.
It’s the only way I can describe things because I was there.
I saw what happened.
I’ve had so many nightmares about it.
And now I find myself starting over in a new place where no one should have known about it.
Instead, I’m branded an outcast by the people that heard whispers of what she did.
Rumors instead of truths.
The very things that have a way of breaking someone, and I’m so goddamn close to being broken.
Especially now that she’s found me again.
I think the Devil is here.
Inside of her—squatting like an infestation.
I can’t run anymore.
I have to help her.
No one else will.
The Salvation of Kora – My Review
When you pick up a book by Yolanda Olson, you don’t know what to expect, yet at the same time, you know exactly what to expect. Read that again and try to make sense of it. 😂 It doesn’t matter what evilly twisted story Olson has come up with this time, you can guarantee that it’s dark, depraved and absolutely brilliant. The Salvation of Kora is no exception.
This is a short review, not only because the book itself is short, but also because I don’t want to give away any spoilers.
What if remembering brings them back?
The story follows Lily, a young woman who’s moved to Kennebunk to live with her father following the hideous, failed exorcism of her sister Kora and Kora’s murder of their mother. She finds peace among the churches of the town and has befriended the town priest, Father Whittaker. But Kora’s coming back out to play and Father Whittaker is determined to accompany Lily back to her childhood home to confront the demons of her past.
As I expected, Olson’s writing is on point, managing to let go of unnecessary details and focusing on Lily’s fear of Kora and the psychological impact of her experience. She pulls in intrigue and uncertainty as Lily begins to discover the truth about that dark time and keeps the reader mulling over potential theories and outcomes until the very last page.
My only real complaint about The Salvation of Kora is that it was far too short. It’s like Olson wants to show off her brilliance by dangling it in front of you but then snatches it away because she’s not going to let you have it all in one go. It’s cruel and sadistic, but I’ll come back for more every single time.
Why you should read The Salvation of Kora
- I couldn’t put it down
- You’ll never figure out Lily’s truth, or Kora’s, or Father Whittaker’s. Don’t get me started on Devyn either.
- Completely haunting