One year ago, in a small Southern town of Somerton, a kindly minister saved a teenage girl from the influence of a demon, at a great personal cost. But did the exorcism work? Are exorcisms even real? Something is going on with Carlyss Bolerjack, and it may take the combined efforts of her therapist, her grandparents, and her minister to save her from whatever is living with her inside her head.
While Carlyss Bolerjack battles for her soul, the rest of Somerton fights to save the soul of the town as the massive TLC-Mart, open 24 hours and with all the lowest prices, puts all the other stores out of business. But it isn’t just an economic disaster: a hoard of demons infest the place, using it as a nexus to find those they can possess.
Now the improbably named and devastatingly charming Deacon Elder, a disreputable but genuine deliverance minister arrives to do battle with these demons, to save this town from its own descent into hell, and protect his friends from their ultimate degradation at the hands of a supernatural entity known only as Dandelion.
But what is Dandelion? Is this traveling preacher legit? Are any of the traveling preachers passing through this town legit? What lives inside the heart and soul of the town’s token goth kid, who’s been plagued by strange thoughts and desires since long before the ill-fated exorcism last summer? Can this town, and anyone in it, be saved?
Dandelion is the latest chilling novel from Alex Bledsoe, bestselling author of the Eddie LaCrosse novels and the Tufa series.