The devouring by Simon Holt book review


When dark creeps in and eats the light bury your fears on sorry night.

For in the winter’s blackest hours comes the feasting of the vours.

No one can see it, the life they stole.

Your body’s here but not your soul…

Reggie Halloway didn’t believe in the Vours. She thought they were make-believe. It didn’t occur to her that if she summoned the demons in a midnight ritual, they would come. But they did. And now a petrifying race race to rescue her brother Henry has begun.

Because Henry is possessed – and Reggie is trapped in her worst nightmare. If she can’t save him. . . They’ll both be sorry.

This is the first in the book series, horror aimed at children/teenagers. The book is fast paced, perhaps too fast. It’s a quick read that gives you a glimpse at the story.

The first few chapters are quite tense and scary, but that wanes in the later chapters a the tension isn’t given time to mature and the character’s deduce what’s going on a bit too quick.

I would’ve liked more mystery and to delve more into the characters that we are introduced to. I felt like some secrets were revealed too quickly. But, I prefer it this way than to being bogged by too much filler.

Although, considering it is aimed at younger readers this may be a good starting point for reading horror.

There is a twist in here that I absolutely loved. The Author was hinting at something happening, but Holt turns it on its head.

We’re left with a lot of questions at the end of this book. This book feels more like a prologue as if it’s setting up for the rest of the books in the series rather than a true first book of the series.

I liked, and found the characters interesting enough, (including the Vours), that I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series.

Simon Holt’s writing is enjoyable and clear to read, although there is a tiny amount of head hopping, you almost don’t notice it.

If you prefer really scary horror’s then this may not be for you.

To sum up, head hopping, too quick reveals, clear and understandable writing, interesting plot, reads like a prologue

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Maybe, depending on how good the next books are.

Would I read this Author again? Yes

Stars: 4/6


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