Reviews for Laws of Depravity
The surprises keep coming in La Salle’s twisting debut thriller, in which good and evil aren’t always black and white. In addition to the absorbing, fast-paced plot that will keep readers guessing until the end, each wonderfully sculpted character has a distinct, lifelike personality. Some characters aren’t who they appear to be, and few escape the story unchanged. Crucial subplots revolving around the main characters’ family members and significant others, who struggle with their own demons add nuance, making the characters real, vulnerable and flawed. Without skimping on character development in exchange for action, the plot offers catalysts for change while raising spiritual questions and blurring the line between good and evil, which propels the story upward from being merely a solid, entertaining thriller to being a gripping must-read that could have readers pondering right and wrong long after they’ve finished. A delightfully twisting roller-coaster ride through light, dark and the shades between.
A gritty crime thriller, spiritual quest and love story all woven into one compelling story.
READERS FAVORITES REVIEW
Laws of Depravity by Eriq La Salle should be on a fast track to Best Seller status. The line between legal and illegal is broad and readily discernible; the line between right and wrong is not so. This intense debut novel will have you pondering the fine line between right and wrong, between sanity and insanity. This ultra-suspenseful tale scratches the foul underbelly of darkly held secrets, to reveal unfathomable horror.
Expect to have your world shaken when you read Laws of Depravity. La Salle takes a taboo subject and exposes its ugly enormity to all. This is fiction, of course. But it is fiction solidly based in a reality the society can no longer sweep under the proverbial rug.
This is a story of good vs. evil where it is not always clear who the good or the evil are. Laws of Depravity may be the most engrossing book you read this year.
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I have never been an avid reader of thrillers but Laws of Depravity is a book I could not put down. I LOVED IT! It has a nail-biting plot and characters that I can't help but want to know more about. I gasped, I cried, I laughed. The only thing wrong with this book is that book #2 is not immediately available.
In this day and age, reading consumes a big block of time that is often hard to carve out...that is until you pick up this book. Bravo Mr. La Salle, because not only have I finished the novel, I want to go back and read it again. The book is very visual. It's written the way thrillers were intended. The story immediately kicks off and doesn't stop even after the end. This book is masterful, twisted and yet beautiful. The love story comes in just when you need it. The book takes you on these intense highs where you are taking deep breaths in and holding. Just when you think it's safe to let go, it's not. Thank you for bringing the depth back to characters and the thrill in thriller. I am anxiously waiting for the next part to this series. Fabulous!
Thoroughly riveting from the first page to the last. Eriq La Salle's writing shows great insight into the minds of the characters. His skill at plotting, and his uncanny ability to create great characters make it seem as if he's a seasoned writer. "Laws of Depravity" is a thrilling page-turner and I found it nearly impossible to put down. I look forward to his next novel.
This is one of the best thrillers I've read in years. The story captures you from the beginning with the character descriptions and the twists and turns that won't allow you to put it down…I was engulfed from the minute I started and could not put it down, especially towards the end. I strongly recommend this book as a must read and would highly recommend it to all of my friends.
NOT USUALLY MY CUP OF TEA...
Elisha Wilson Beach
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Danny Todd Willis
- Leonard Chang, Author of Over the Shoulder and Crossings
Eriq La Salle, in Laws of Depravity, has written an utterly compelling and riveting thriller with echoes of the dark master, Thomas Harris. Here, La Salle also adds a surprising twist by weaving in a spiritual component that raises the narrative to lofty and thought-provoking levels. It's a wonderful accomplishment.
Actor and Director Eriq La Salle’s intense debut is a modern day parable cleverly masquerading as a crime novel. A muscular, gritty, and spiritual thriller
It will take you on a heart-pounding ride of vengeance, murder and atonement, never letting you rest until you've reached the final page…Drawing on his talent as an acclaimed actor and director, Mr. La Salle digs deep into his characters' psyches, delivering a group of bruised and tarnished individuals you won't soon forget.
“Laws of Depravity” by Eriq La Salle should be on a fast track to Best Seller status. It is the story of good vs. evil where it’s not always clear who are the good, and who are the evil. “Laws of Depravity” may be the most engrossing book you read this year, bar none.
- John Shors,bestselling author of Beneath a Marble Sky, The Wishing Trees, and Cross Currents
- Neal Baer, Co-author of "Kill Switch" and former Executive Producer of Law and Order S.V.U.
- Lee Ashford, Reader's Favorites