Today was one of those days where I needed to escape. So I did. Into the pages of one of the best Indie books I have read this year, a self published little gem by the fabulous Jill Cooper. Devour.
Devour is a horror romance book, a little sub genre I really like and want to explore. Kind of like taking paranormal romance one step farther. Cooper sites Stephen King as a major influence in her writing, and it shows. He characters have depth. And the story is scary as hell. But with a point.
Take a look:
Life in Gloucester Massachusetts will never be the same.
fierce winds, shadows shifting in the breeze. Storms are nothing new for the
But darkness has come to claim the hearts and minds of
those that stand in it too long. When that happens, love will be ripped from man
leaving only violence, despair, and gnashing teeth.
Except for two.
Roberta is a single mom, a waitress struggling to get through life after
a rocky start tainted by murder and loss. Her heart yearns for Gabriel; a deputy
living in the shadow of the chief. He's a battle weary soldier ready to settle
When the storm comes, when the murders start, it will be up to
them to stop it before darkness isn't just an empty void.
takes the shape of man and pulls them all into the sea.
A Massachusetts resident I love anything by local authors that takes place here. I have visited Gloucester, and Cooper does a fantastic job turning the town into a unique place. So much so it becomes, to me, a main character in the story. She keeps just enough of the familiar landmarks so you know you're on the north shore, but makes it all her own. Fabulous job.
The characters. Flawed, hurting, searching, and falling in love. Oh ya, don't forget the zombie like corpses taking over the town, and the human like fog that has a vendetta. The story is ripe with symbolism. 'The Darkness, will overtake you.' Not only the darkness in the form of the curse from the sea, but the darkness of our own hearts. That darkness that turns you inside out, and robs you of your sanity. That's what makes this book scary as hell. The darkness that lives within us, and the small actions that can set it free. She does a fantastic job of weaving romantic tension between Gabe and Roberta, as well as setting them up for an epic battle of good v evil. It left me feeling that what they were battling was really a metaphor for the feelings and regrets that were troubling them. The battles we all face inside.
This is really a stellar read that left me with chills. I couldn't put it down. The only thing stopping me from giving it five stars is the few editing errors I saw. small little word mix ups and tense errors. But they really didn't take away from the story. To me it still was fantastic. Jill Cooper did an amazing job and I highly recommend this book to any horror fan.
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