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The Devil Crept In

By Ania Ahlborn
The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn digital book - Fable

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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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288 Reviews

3.5
Anxious Face with sweat“3.8 I just can’t get over that unsatisfying ending and predictability, I wanted way more”
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“I read most of this in one sitting. It's definitely a tough read, because off some graphic bits involving animals, but if you're looking at next level horror, this is it. Every parental figure in this book made me want to scream in frustration. The twist at the end was pretty great, if also frustrating. I'm satisfied and unsatisfied at the same time, but I'd recommend if you can handle a disturbing story.”
Descriptive writingOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulUnpredictableDark settingImmersive settingDarkThought-provoking
Thinking Face“There were so many times in this that I wanted to dnf because I felt like I was trudging through. There were good bits and bad bits and overall an unsatisfying ending. I'm all for a cliffhanger, but this was something else. I'm glad I stuck through it, just odd.”
“I love this author. But I just could not get into this book. I might reread it at a later point and give it a second chance.”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersOriginal writingFast-pacedDark settingDark
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About Ania Ahlborn

Ania Ahlborn is the bestselling author of the horror thrillers Brother, Within These Walls, The Bird Eater, The Shuddering, The Neighbors, and Seed, and the novellas The Pretty Ones and I Call Upon Thee. Born in Ciechanow, Poland, she lives in South Carolina with her husband and their dog. Visit AniaAhlborn.com or follow the author on Facebook and Twitter @AniaAhlbornAuthor.

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