While visiting his mother at her secluded Waldport cabin, an English teacher is awoken in the night by screams. Something gigantic is heaving itself against the rickety front door, relentlessly pounding and scratching–and shrieking his name. The hideous creature seems to know everything about the man, and takes special interest in his wife’s deteriorating health.
On the other side of the world, a bleary-eyed detective works late, desperate to avoid the recurring dream of his fiancee’s murder. But when a bloodied child stumbles into the Pine Rest Police Department and collapses, the detective finds himself facing off against his worst nightmare.
In the Devil’s Dreams is the story of three broken people and the boy who links them. The lives and nightmares of the characters are elegantly interwoven, and the story is revealed through multiple points of view.
I enjoyed this book that was based off the author’s nightmares he had when visiting his mother’s home. It left me wondering: how much was imagination, and how much was real-life events? Dun, dun, dun…
It was cool that the book also had illustrations. It helped the suspense come alive. The main character promised his mom he’d never enter the woods alone. Once he reaches her home, he saw a monster named Gorleth, who reminded him of his wife. His depressed, suicidial wife. So he ran away into the woods. A ghostly figure, reminding him of his wife, haunted him. He ended up joining forces with a cabbie, who was running away from something too. It was cool how each character’s journey eventually crossed paths.
My favorite lines: 1) “I feel like we’ve been apart a thousand years,” he said. “But I promise you, I won’t lose you again.” 2) “And it was dark. God help me, it was dark.” 3) “He knew her. The monster knew my wife.” 4) “Approaching the brink of a panic attack, I staggered away from the scene like a drunk.” 5) “I can smell you,” he growled. “You can’t hide.”
I loved the author’s voice. He had a great writing style, but after awhile all the characters’ first person accounts sounded exactly the same, like they all had the same voice.
My favorite character was the cabbie. He seemed to know some of the answers, regarding the woods. Those woods were spooky! The author did a great job of capturing the characters’ fears. Those monsters and ghosts were relentless!
I RECOMMEND this book to read.