Review of the Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

Happy Friday once again word nerds! I hope everyone has fun plans for the weekend! I for one will be doing nothing! Well, that is what I hope anyways… We will see how that actually plays out… Well without further ado let’s talk about books!

Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.

That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.

So I grew up reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Which is funny because I am not at all a fan of scary movies but I love those books! As I got older and branched out on my own reading adventures it feels like I get pulled towards more and more romance books so I wanted to shake things up. I decided to buddy read the Devil Crept In because my friend said she was in the same boat and wanted to read something scary. What we got was more creepy than scary.

While overall I think the book was good it felt really slow at parts, which in general isn’t so bad because I do like a book that feels long and isn’t all rushed out in a few hundred pages  there were just some scenes that really didn’t help move the plot along or re-iterated something that the author had already done a good job of showing.

Poor poor Stevie! This whole book made me feel so sad for the kid that could just not get a break. Everywhere he turned there was someone else waiting to knock him down or not help him when he needed it. Really he was just a sad character that broke my heart.

I think that the saving grace of the whole book was the end! The end was freaking amazing! And not in a “thank gosh it’s over!” way but it was so amazing! And it left me wondering what the heck actually happened!! I love when you get to the end of a book and you think you have it all figured out and then BAM! You know nothing!

Overall I give this book a 3.5-star rating. I don’t think I will re-read it but that ending really brought it home in a great way! And I will definitely give this author another shot because she writes pretty creepy and the descriptions on some of her books are just too good to pass up.

If you read it let me know what you think! I love getting different perspectives 🙂


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