A debut novel about a guy who works in Hell (literally) and is on the cusp of a big promotion if only he can get one more member of the wealthy Harrison family to sell their soul.
Peyote Trip has a pretty good gig in the deals department on the fifth floor of Hell. Sure, none of the pens work, the coffee machine has been out of order for a century, and the only drink on offer is Jägermeister, but Pey has a plan—and all he needs is one last member of the Harrison family to sell their soul.
When the Harrisons retreat to the family lake house for the summer, with their daughter Mickey’s precocious new friend, Ruth, in tow, the opportunity Pey has waited a millennium for might finally be in his grasp. And with the help of his charismatic coworker Calamity Ganon, he sets a plan in motion.
But things aren’t always as they seem, on Earth or in Hell. And as old secrets and new dangers scrape away at the Harrisons’ shiny surface, revealing the darkness beneath, everyone must face the consequences of their choices.
Sign Here is a story about Peyote Trip, a man who works on the fifth floor of Hell, and is trying to secure one last soul from the Harrison family. Does this sound wild and fun or what?
Sign Here is told through multiple POVs with the main one being Peyote. The other POVs are from the Harrison family – a seemingly perfect family with some dark secrets.
I really enjoyed the plot of Sign Here, although I definitely liked the Hell storyline more than the Harrisons’. There were a few chapters of theirs that I thought were not necessary to the story and slowed it down a bit. But it was not enough to degrade my enjoyment of the book overall. And holy twist! I did not see that coming.
One of the things that made this fun was Claudia Lux’s conception of Hell. I loved the names she chose for the characters in Hell. I loved all the details about Hell – from the notion of floors to the subtle, everyday forms of torture. In addition, Claudia Lux did an excellent job balancing a humorous and fun take on the afterlife with addressing some heavier topics, like grief and child abuse.
There was lack of communication between characters at several points in the book; however, it was not a trope used as a crutch to create plot, which I detest. It was done in a very natural manner and did not bother me.
Overall, I really enjoyed Sign Here and highly recommend it. It is fun while also being suspenseful and dealing with some heavier topics. If you are looking for something different, this is it!
October 25, 2022