"The Devil Crept In", by Ania Ahlborn, is told through the eyes of a child. I enjoy horror stories, but this one was unique in that the true horror didn't happen until the end. I didn't connect, or even like, one single character. Women who don't control their children, a step-father who beats everyone in his path, and a storekeeper who suspects something is going on, but does nothing about it. There wasn't enough background to get to know the characters before the story was thrust upon me as a reader. I liked the small town and the story of the house upon the logging road was interesting. Had this story been spun in a different way, and through another point of view, I would probably have liked it.
Ras is the only character I would have liked to read more about- a dead t-shirt and an old red truck...love it. Those are the kind of details I would have liked to see included in the story. I know Jude had a fish and posters on this wall, but what about Stevie? All I read is that it was messy and he could see the junk piled in the yard. He obviously has some mental problems, which throws the whole story off, but what does he like besides his friend? I can say that Stevie's transformation is good reading and the snippet at the end was genius to include. This is a fast read for those looking for a little horror in their weekend.
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.