Evil Thing by Serena Valentino does justice to a villain who began life as an ill-fated hero. This memoir-style novel shows us the gentler, more vulnerable side of Cruella De Vil. Once a neglected child who loved fairytales and playing pretend, Cruella grows into a strong willed woman despite the lack of love and support around her. Her fragile heart was kept hidden away behind cold eyes and jagged responses. The only person never at the end of her chilling barbs is the person that she loved the most, Anita.
The author creates a depth of character so deep, the reader swims in the mind of Cruella as we are pulled along by her fabulous highs and devistating lows. Although it’s hard to sympathize with a would-be puppy killer, this novel unlocks the old and bolted doors of Hell Hall, allowing us into the world of a woman who deserved better, but was laid low when her mind gave into it’s own pained self. Highly recommended.
* This critique is based on an arc copy received for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*