Review: The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn

Review

I picked up Ania Ahlborn’s The Devil Crept In only after it arrived on my doorstep… I had no idea what to expect. What I got was a chilling, deftly written and utterly engrossing horror novel.

The story centers around a small-town kid who desperately searches for his cousin after mysteriously disappearing. What he uncovers is a dark and terrifying secret deep in the woods, hidden for years.

Two stories, present and past, twine together, as we inch closer, recluctantly, hands over eyes, not knowing what to expect. The end leaves you open mouthed and shocked, and possibly even more unnerved. Alhorn also probes into the relationships between mothers and sons, and of course, between these two cousins.

There are so many aspects of the novel I noted and loved including Alhorn’s deft ability to build tension. Her writing is impressive and atmospheric, making the book impossible to put down. For those looking for a great Audible book, this is a definite must-listen pick. And even if horror books are not your usual thing, if you love thrillers, give this one a go.

About The Devil Crept In

An unforgettable horror novel from bestselling sensation Ania Ahlborn—hailed as a writer of “some of the most promising horror I’ve encountered in years” (New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire)—in which a small-town boy investigates the mysterious disappearance of his cousin and uncovers a terrifying secret kept hidden for years.

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.

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  1. Burma Turner says:

    This sounds so good. I love horror stories!

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