Hello Nimrods! I’ve returned with another book review and this time it’s by author Ania Ahlborn. I’m sure you remember her from 2011 when we covered the novel “Seed”, which, of course, was fantastic. She’s back with another work of art called “The Devil Crept In” slated to be released February 2017. It being Halloween season I figured it’d be a great time to review this fabulous book, so with all that being said let’s get right into it.
“Young Jude Brighton has been missing for 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 know that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows that each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.”
The great thing about Ahlborn is she allows there to be a slow burn until the last few chapters when she finally unleashes the fury. I found this especially true for this particular book because I was on the edge of my seat until I was near the end when I began putting the pieces together as to what the dramatic would be. This format was well executed and I expected nothing less from Ania’s lovely work.
There are parts in this book that felt all too real they made me recoil a couple of times. I won’t spoil it, obviously but there’s a scene where there’s a woman giving birth - and not just any regular birth - that just got so under my skin I felt it in my bones, and perhaps even lower than that. Ahlborn performed this part so well it’s no wonder she’s hailed as a top contender in the horror genre according to New York Time’s bestselling author Seanan McGuire, “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years.” That’s no lie!
Another highlight I encountered is the epilogue, because I felt that it could somehow lead to a sequel and perhaps open the door for a series somewhere down the road. She’s already done a novela called “The Pretty Ones”, so you never know - the door is wide open for future possibilities.
Overall, I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars and hopefully when it’s released in 2017 “The Devil Crept In” will creep its way onto your bookshelves and on your most favorite scary stories of all time.
Follow Ania Ahlborn on Twitter (@AniaAhlborn) and her official website as well.