The first novel in the Hell’s Gate Series, Straight to Hell tells us the story of Lucifer, better known as Lucy, the CEO of Hell. Lucy is extremely busy running Hell as a business dolling out punishments for those that deserve it at the order of her father, God. She realizes that her brothers Michael and Gabriel, jealous that she received the job of running hell, have spread rumors and lies about her – mainly that she is fallen and a man – but they simply aren’t true. Getting to run hell was a huge promotion and a responsibility that she loves. On another busy day ensuring the wicked get what is coming to them, Lucy receives a psychic message letting her know that a soul stealer has managed to break through to the Earth’s plain and is killing young teenage girls. Deciding that she is the one to stop it, Lucy goes to Earth to investigate. In the small town of Shadow Falls, Lucy teams up with Levi – the psychic that sent her the message in the first place to stop the soul stealer and find out who helped him cross over into their realm.
The concept of this novel really impressed me. Jane Hinchey really flipped the traditional story of Heaven and Hell, good and evil, on it’s head. I only wish that that had been the focus of the novel, more so than the seemingly forced romance between Lucy and Levi. Nothing about that relationship drew me in or kept me interested. Even the sex scenes were rushed and devoid of any authentic passion. I wanted more information about the strained relationship between Gabriel, Michael and Lucy. I wanted to know about the limits of Lucy’s power. I wanted to know the bad guy’s plan. I wanted to know why God has seemingly disappeared. I had so many questions as to how she was always so busy in Hell but was able to stay away for so long. I realize that this is the beginning of the series and that more information can be revealed over time but I felt like I was grasping at straws the entire novel. The teenagers were obnoxious, and not in the ways to be expected from teenagers. If I saw my friend die right in front of my face and I knew the killer wanted me dead too I would have listen to the people around me trying to protect me, not sneak off and go to a party.
Based on the ending of this book it seems that the focus is shifting completely to Levi and, to be quite honest, I have no interest in continuing. The concept, what initially drew me in, just wasn’t enough to keep me interested.