Author: Ania Ahlborn
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 7, 2017
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.
Well, that was something! The horror genre is basically what I grew up on, so I’m always happy to discover an author I can depend on for a horrifically good time. I read Ania Ahlborn’s Brother, and it became a favorite. So I didn’t even hesitate when I saw The Devil Crept In. Hell, I didn’t even check what it was about. Totally paid off, though!
The Devil Crept In is a disturbing, twisted tale that made me squirm in discomfort at times. And that’s how I like it! It has somewhat of a slower pace in the beginning, but still managed to suck me in. It’s definitely worth sticking with, because what the eff? That was some messed up shit! Trust me, that’s a compliment.
The author really does a fantastic job weaving this creepy story with authentic characters, eerie atmosphere, and solid plot. I do love Brother more, but this book absolutely delivers a well written, spin-tingling horror story. You’ll want to lockup your pets and children after you read it. And definitely stay out of the woods. You’ve been warned!