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Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
Life has not been easy for Mercedes. Try as she might to be normal, she is not. She has always been able to see those who have passed on and she learned early in life that it was not a gift that others understood or welcomed. At least for right now, Mercedes is grateful for her ability as it allows her to keep her daughter in her life, even if it is only a half life. The Devourer is a dual story, first of Mercedes and her life and trials as well as, second, a story of certain variations of spirits. Mercedes may not have always welcomed the spirits in her life, but she will find that it is up to her to protect them and, in turn, herself from an evil she never could have imagined. Author Chris Chelser has created a dual story of the living and the not-quite-dead and their interactions with each other, and finally their need for the other.
The Devourer is paranormal or supernatural and suspense mixed together. The way Chris Chelser has woven the story, it takes you chapters upon chapters to unearth the reason behind what is going on, and then you only get it in small layers, one at a time. From the onset you know that Mercedes is visited by her daughter, who has passed on, but it is not until much later in the book do you learn the tragedies that Mercedes has endured and the relief that her daughter has brought to her life. This is a complex story and although there are only intimate relations of the 1800s style described in the book, it is definitely a book for more mature readers. There are just so many layers of suspense and drama, good and evil, right and wrong. Definitely a book to be read by anyone who enjoys the afterlife ideal.