Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/25/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Thriller
Hunter Beaumont doesn’t understand his grandmother’s deathbed wish: “Destroy Beaumont House.” He’s never even heard of the place. But after his grandmother passes and his first love betrays him, the family house in the Wisconsin woods looks like a tempting refuge. Going against his grandmother’s wishes, Hunter flees to Beaumont House.
But will the house be the sanctuary he had hoped for? Soon after moving in, Hunter realizes he may not be alone. And with whom—or what—he shares the house may plunge him into a nightmare from which he may never escape. Sparks fly when he meets his handsome neighbor, Michael Burt, a caretaker for the estate next door. The man might be his salvation… or he could be the source of Hunter’s terror.
Grieving over the loss of his grandmother and suddenly set adrift in a lonely world, young Hunter Beaumont decides to take up residence in an old family house in Wisconsin—despite his grandmother’s request that he destroy the place. Little does he know that he will encounter evil at Beaumont House and will have to decide whether to run from the terror or face it.
In true Rick R. Reed fashion, the details and descriptions in this story are vivid and compelling, hauling the reader into the nightmare Hunter’s nightmare. The ominous foreboding is well established, and the actual paranormal scenes are creepy, dark, and frightening. Although I felt that I had to suspend my belief a bit too much in some instances, the terrifying events Hunter faces are truly chilling.
The characterizations are interesting and have excellent potential but don’t feel fully formed. Hunter is sheltered and naïve and spends a good portion of the book in tears—either due to grief or terror—and it is a bit difficult to connect with him while he is wrapped up in these extreme emotions. I found myself wanting to know more about him outside of these upheavals so that I could feel more for him as he endures the horrifying events that unfold throughout the story. The character of Michael, his neighbor, is quite likable and a much calmer force when contrasted with Hunter’s character. He creates a nice balance here, and having more of his background would have been welcome. Other peripheral characters are well-crafted and provide intrigue and variety as they help to flesh out and further personalize the story.
Overall, A Demon Inside is a good paranormal thriller that, though skeletal at times, gains momentum and keeps the reader turning pages. With frightening clarity, the danger slowly reveals itself and becomes more threatening as the story develops. I recommend it for those who truly love to read about things that go bump in the night.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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