Tween prostitutes sell their bodies in order to get by living on the dangerous city streets. A psychopathic pedophile is on the loose and plans to lure children in order to rape and kill them. One of the young boys finds hope in a priest after a traumatic event concerning said pedophile. Will they be able to find the sadistic, perverse murderer, who was gotten away with these sick acts?

This book was written very well, and the story was put together nicely, but it was tough for me to get through. The explicit scenes of rape consistently through the book were just too much, and I was not able to enjoy the book as a horror novel. It seemed to me to be more of a psychological thriller, rather than horror, and it wasn't at all what I expected it would turn out to be. I felt this book could have been better, albeit the pedophilia. Again, it was written very well and everything else is wonderful, but in my personal opinion, I could not stand reading through the graphically explicit rape scenes. This book is not for the faint of heart, that is for sure.

Book Blurb for Penance

Bound by misery. Marked by sin. Set free by death.

Barely into their teens, without homes, they dwell in neon shadows, the violent eddies of urban America. They trade their innocence for money, abuse their hopes, and then a monster comes...

A monster without fangs or claws, but more deadly. Because of them, he has lost everything: his wife, his family. And he vows to clean the streets of Chicago...for good.

One of the street kids and a man of the cloth form a desperate pact. Together, they will find the madman whose basement has become a chamber of horrors...

PENANCE was part of Dell Abyss' remarkable horror line, lauded by none other than Stephen King.

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2011 3.00