The Compulsive Reader: The Devouring by Simon Holt

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Devouring by Simon Holt

I'm not a big horror fan, but Simon Holt has captured my heart (and maybe my peace of mind...) with The Devouring!

This holiday season promises to be anything but merry for Reggie. Ever since her mom left, she has become a surrogate mother for her younger brother and responsible for every household chore, and her relationship with her father shaky. In her free time, Reggie indulges in horror stories, a love she shares with her best friend Aaron. But when they stumble across an old journal titled The Devouring, Aaron and Reggie will discover the chilling truth about hellish creatures called Vours firsthand when one inhabits the body of Reggie's younger brother Henry. Now the three of them find themselves caught up in a deadly fight that is larger and much more dangerous than they ever could have imagined.

There is no doubt about it: The Devouring is one unnerving and frightening read. Simon Holt creates ideal characters for the plot: a protagonist who is fallible, yet determined and intelligent, the awesome best friend with some more-than-best-friend potential, and the handsome older guy. The plot moves at a quick pace so as not to be boring, though Holt saves the edge-of-your-seat brand of suspense until towards the end of the novel. The Devouring is also kept tasteful as far as horror novels go, without an overflow of unnecessary gore (though be warned, there is a little) or avid descriptions of pointless details whose main goal is to strike fear in the heart of the reader. Instead, the real thrills and chills come from the mystery, power, and evil that are the Vours and Aaron and Reggie's struggle to find their weakness before it's too late. The ending is rather abrupt, but promises a sequel that will hopefully further enlighten readers when it comes to the Vours and be just as haunting.


BookChic said...

I loved this book too! Great review!! :)

Michelle Fluttering Butterflies said...

Doesn't sound like a book I'd normally read but it does sound interesting!

Anonymous said...

Oh I waiting for his book in the mail! I can't wait to get started =)

Anonymous said...

will this book have a sequel?

The Compulsive Reader said...

Yes! I haven't heard anything on the title or premise, but there is defintiely a sequel. In the meantime, go buy this book!