Demon Whisperer by Tawny Stokes
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (233 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
During a year-long coma--literally spent in hell--seventeen-year-old Caden Butcher developed a special power. He can speak to demons in their own language. Awakening with this new ability, Caden takes over the family exorcism business and becomes known as the young whiz-kid exorcist to the stars, obtaining most of his work from Hollywood. But what others don't know is the exorcisms are all staged with the help of his best buddy, Dantalion, a demon he met in while he was in hell.
When an exorcism goes wrong, Caden discovers the demon inside a teen girl is not your normal malicious entity, but an adversary from down under who is hell-bent on Caden’s destruction because of what Caden did to him while in hell.
Now with the help of Dantalion and Caden’s girlfriend Aspen, a skilled necromancer, Caden must track down the rogue demon before he can expose Caden as a fraud and end his reign as the one and only Demon Whisperer.
This is Earth, but not the planet we know. Demons take every opportunity to leave their diabolical world and possess humans. Sometimes they don't even wait for an invitation.
Frank Butcher is seriously injured in a failed exorcism and his son Caden lays in a coma for a year. When Caden miraculously recovers he doesn't tell anyone he has spent the year surviving in hell with the help of a demon, Dan. Caden lies about his age so he can do the exorcisms. What he doesn't tell anyone is the bargain he has made with Dan. In exchange for a life in the real world, Dan possesses the humans and allows Caden to exorcise him.
Caden has it all, a steady job, a girlfriend he adores - who's also a necromancer - and a demon to assist him in life and business. Then things start to go wrong. Throw in a zombie or two, the International Order of Exorcists and an unknown demon who is out to destroy Caden and you get a really brilliant paranormal story.
Inside Caden is a normal seventeen year old. To the people around him he's a nineteen year old with an old head on young shoulders. He takes care of a father who has turned to drink, he spends every spare moment with his girlfriend and tries to sleep as little as possible. Why? Because he's haunted by his time in hell and finds it hard to cope with the nightmares.
Although the problem is serious, Ms Stokes has approached it in a lighthearted way making her paranormal world seem perfectly normal. Caden tells the reader of his time in the netherworld, but we are there with him when he performs exorcisms, meets the zombies, discusses his problems with his girlfriend and fights the demon who is out to get him. I know readers often say they can't put books down because they're enjoying them, but in this case it is true. I read this book in two sittings.
Demon Whisperer has a hint of darkness so I would recommend it for the fourteen plus age group, but the lighthearted approach to Caden's problems reached out and drew me right into the story. Definitely a must for teenage lovers of the paranormal.