Inside The Devil’s Nest by John Durgin is a terrifying tale with so many layers. It will keep you guessing while you hold your breath, nervous to see what horrors will come next.
Let’s dive in!
My Thoughts on Inside The Devil’s Nest by John Durgin
When real estate agent, Anthony Graham, witnesses a murder carried out by a known crime family at one of his properties, he calls his wife to have her get the kids prepared so they can leave town immediately. Once in the car, the kids know something is very wrong based on how their father is acting, but the parents try to protect them by not discussing what was happening.
The family flees to a property in New Hampshire that Anthony had unlisted on his site as he was having trouble selling it. Thinking they are safe for a moment, this family has no idea what lurks on the property… and by the time the property manager fills them in, it’s already too late.
My goodness this one had horror flying in from all angles! The action and terror really started off with a bang, and it doesn’t let up. In just the first few chapters, I kept having to remind myself to breathe! There’s so much dread dripping off of every page and just when you think there may be a little hope, that hope sinks faster than a rock thrown into a pond.
I want readers to go into this one as dark as possible to really experience the terror, so feel free to skip these three items below. I kept it very high-level with my reactions, but still, just a heads up!
Item 1 – The fingernail scene –
My god… That scene is implanted in my brain just like the nail scene in The Ring film.
Item 3 – The tunnel –
My claustrophobia was acting up enough, but this just got more and more terrifying!
Item 2 – A reaction story –
I shared this story online:
It’s midnight and what am I doing? Reading a little before bed of course. But I suddenly had a sinking feeling when I went to turn on my kindle, though I wasn’t sure why. I’ve been loving John Durgin’s upcoming release (Inside The Devil’s Nest), so if anything, I should have been excited to dive back in, right?
Well, when the page loaded I saw the passage I highlighted when I stopped reading last and I figured it out. That dang passage is so horrific and disturbing! It gives me the same physical reaction that the end of The Taking of Deborah Logan gave me. I stopped reading earlier today because my heart was pounding, my chest was super tight, and I felt faint from reading this passage. And I just had the joy of reading and experiencing the same thing a second time at 12:04am.
Horror fans, when this book comes out, you need to get a copy immediately.
My Favorite Passages from Inside The Devil’s Nest
Right now, that seemed about as achievable as climbing Mount Everest barefoot through shards of broken glass, but he would continue trying. He had no choice.
Billy’s phone only provided a few feet of light in front of them, and with her trailing behind him, she got even less of the illumination to use. She squeezed onto the back of his shirt, like a baby holding its blanky. The closeness of Billy only made her feel slightly better. The forest was dead silent, not a single cricket chirping, no wind to rustle the leaves. It only added to the eeriness as they walked deeper into the suffocating black hole of the forest.
As she ran, the voices started back up, but this time they were coming from every direction, like the trees themselves were telling her a secret.
Hearing that brought back some of his memories like a gust of wind blowing right through him.
Then the mouth closed completely around the top of his head and slid down his face like a python devouring its meal whole. Everything went black, but he was still awake. Panic set in as he began to suffocate; each attempt at a breath was like swallowing a mouthful of dirt.
He slid off the bed and his first step landed on a weak floorboard. A creak that might as well have been a blowhorn sounding off gave away their location.
My Final Thoughts on Inside The Devil’s Nest
The horrific atmosphere is so thick here. I usually cruise right through books when I’m loving the terror, but this one actually unsettled me so much, I had to keep putting it down!
Horror fans, you need this book!
The Cursed Among Us by John Durgin is a horror-thriller that is packed with action, terror, and gore! But among all the blood and violence is a wonderful friend group that will do anything in their power to save their town.
If you’re looking for a horror-thriller that will totally sink it’s claws in you, then look no further.