Dave, a serial killer, is tortured by memories of his lost love, Mya and by his obsession for the beauties of life. In 1997, he travels to East Texas with ill intentions for a priest responsible for the relocation of clergy guilty of child molestation. Kidnapping the guilty priest he nicknames "Judas," he persuades him through threats and a hollow promise to help him locate and punish the deviant priests, thus avenging the innocents who could not defend themselves.
Dave's recklessness leads them on a convoluted journey across the country. As Dave drags Judas to what he feels is their final destiny, these two drastically different individuals begin to see they are more alike than not. Dave appears to be imprisoned in his past, as he claws away at his present. Judas thought he was at peace with his past actions, only to discover through his conversations with Dave that he is just as tortured.
An unlikely pact develops between the serial killer and the priest. Haunted by the loves and sins of one another's pasts, the two form a strange bond as their personalities dangerously influence one another.
I really enjoyed all aspects of this story from the well written story itself with fresh curves and surprises where one might predict the typical.
I found myself visualizing the story as I would watch a film.
Purgatory maintained my attention and focus throughout leaving me wanting more. This trilogy definitely has the makings of a best seller!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend. It is a wonderful literary and auditory experience.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite character was Dave. Even though he is a serial killer he still has so much humanity. It forced me to think of other people and society being fragmented in the same way.
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite scenes were the Dave and Father Abramo segments. They were both disturbing and heartbreaking. And, ultimately, extremely illuminating.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I wasn’t expecting to. However, after I began listening I couldn’t pull myself away until it was finished.
Any additional comments?
As someone with a background in religion and who has followed church corruption for many years, I was very curious and partially skeptical before I listened to this book. To say that I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. What J. Costa has created with this book is nothing short of monumental. As the listener I felt that I was living a segment of Dave, and Juda’s violent and darkly humorous life in the present, while simultaneously reliving Dave’s lovely AND dark past with Mya and Abramo. Costa has been incredibly artful with his writing, narration and acting abilities bringing to life a cast of characters experiencing their world with realism that I have yet to see and/or hear elsewhere.
Would you listen to Purgatory again? Why?
I would and have listened to Purgatory several times.This is a very psychologically provocative work. Filled to the brim with characters, scenarios, and situations which, due to their social relevance, emotional accessibility, or ability to inspire introspection within the reader, always cause me to come away with a new understanding of the human condition.Particularly, the ease with which the walls of political and societal correctness can be easily breached, and overcome by the instinctual need for vindication.
What did you like best about this story?
The story itself. This is a story that could very easily, and for any number of reasons become a reality for any one of us. The pacing.This aspect of the read is one that evolves at two separate speeds simultaneously. While the physical elements within this story, such as setting and character action occur and change very quickly. The interpersonal relationships between characters, character development, and epiphany are allowed to develop much more slowly. Giving a great deal more importance to the characters' inner feelings, battles, and realizations about outer occurrences.The dialogue.Mr. Costa has a natural flair for writing conversation. His characters speak with the natural ebb and flow found in everyday speech. Making the rhythm of their words just as enjoyable to the listener as the meaning of what is being said. His characters are also imbued with a sarcasm, snark, and frankness that are a joy to experience.The characters.You will notice that a unifying theme that recurs without fail in this review is the effect that characters have on every facet of this story. They, their motivations, actions, thoughts, and existences within the scope of the plot, are the life blood of this most fascinating work
Which character – as performed by J. Costa – was your favorite?
My favorite character is Dave.The reason?He makes no excuses for the fact that he is doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. He is also unafraid to uncover the hidden hypocrisy of those around him. In effect, causing them to admit their part, for better or for worse in what has happened, is happening, or will happen to, or because of them.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
"You don't have to go to hell if your own worst devil is you."
This is one of the best audio books I’ve ever listened to.
The story, the characters and the way it’s made with sound effects and music were addicting. The plot is as diverse as the relationship between Dave and Judas. The writing, dialog and narration are superb. The subject matter, while disturbing and dark is poignant, and is one that is long overdue being addressed in the manner the author has crafted; The sweet revenge of a serial killer who’s heart was broken by the church. This is a book that will have you replaying segments that not only make you laugh, but will also have you shaking your head in disbelief that someone actually had the guts to go after the church and the corrupt people in it. It kept me guessing to the very end.