Inside the Devil's Nest by John Durgin
Real estate agent Anthony Graham has his family on the run after witnessing a murder at the hands of the powerful Costello crime family.
They’re forced to hide at one of Anthony’s properties: a deserted campground with a sinister past.
No one is safe from the men that hunt them or the terrors that await them inside The Devil’s Nest.
I Am Not Okay
Inside the Devil’s Nest follows Anthony, a real estate owner, and his family. What starts off as a mostly normal family changes dramatically when Anthony is witness to a murder involving the local mob. Now he must take his family and run. The only place he thinks they can seek refuge is at a campground he bought. He’s had no luck moving the property, so it’s currently off the market. The place is secluded, and the locals want nothing to do with it. It’s the perfect location to hide and figure out where they'll go from here. Only it isn’t. What the Graham family discovers will change their lives forever. The characters were well done. Anthony was such an intense character. You could feel it throughout the whole book. His anger issues shine and all the turbulence in his marriage with Holly are front and center. The constant bickering, the toll it takes on the couple and more so how it affects the children. I sympathized with Holly as more of their relationship issues came to light. Her struggles were well captured. Cole and Teagan also bring so much to the story. I must admit that Cole was my favorite character. He’s tough as nails but also a big softie that is willing to do whatever to keep his son and the Graham family safe. This was my first time reading Durgin’s work, and I have to say he has created one hell of a story. It started out tense and it only escalated from there. Before the middle of the book my nerves were shot. It is a nonstop roller coaster of emotions. Anger, sadness, dread, fear, shock. It is all crammed into these pages. Durgin drops us right into the action and you have no choice but to buckle up and watch the nightmare unfold. As pieces of the story start coming together, it feels like one gut punch after another with all the shocking twists. I raced through the pages with bated breath to see how this was going to end and was not disappointed. Fantastic nail biter! If you enjoy thrilling, fast-paced reads, get this book. It's definitely going in my top reads for the year.
Green is my New Favorite Color
I loved this one from the get-go! After reading the jaw dropping prologue, I knew I was in for a treat. The story follows the family of a real estate developer who’s loosely tied to the mob. When things go bad (and believe me… they do go bad) the family is forced to go on the run, seeking refuge at a haunted campground owned by the developer. Things quickly spiral from bad to worse to all hell breaking loose. The plot is fast paced and will keep you turning pages. What I loved most was the feeling of being right there as I read this book. I felt like I was standing at the edge of the dock overlooking the green pond as the creatures rose up and unleashed terror upon those foolish enough to come near. Author John Durgin paints a vivid picture and pulls you into the environment, letting you see through the eyes of the characters and feel the horrors happening all around them. Inside the Devil’s Nest will appeal to fans of both the thriller and horror genres. Plenty of gore and white-knuckle thrills. I felt like I was getting the best of both worlds. This one definitely delivers. 5 stars and two thumbs up!
You will never look at a pond the same way again
Inside the Devils Nest is a white knuckle atmospheric ride with shocking and visceral twists up until the last pages! I read this book in 2 days! I could not put it down! Part mob crime thriller part supernatural/ cult horror! It had me on an emotional roller coaster that left my jaw on the floor! Horrifyingly descriptive in the best way! It filled me with dread and I will never look at a pond the same way!!!
An eerie delight, must read!!
If you read his first novel, The Cursed Among Us, you know that John Durgin is a genius at setting up the scene. His attention to the details add a certain depth that draws you into his stories right away. He likes to jump right into the story, holding nothing back. This book is like watching a movie play through your mind. The character build up is fantastic. The inner dialogue of each character and their interactions with other people or their surroundings flows smoothly. The action in this book is savage and gory. And it just keeps on giving. The ending will blow you away! I zoomed through this story. I was on edge for most of the time, anxiously wanting to find out what happens to everyone. There are so many different feelings while reading this story. I was angry, scared, and sad. I highly recommend reading this one. It is for everyone who loves a good horror story. You can’t go wrong picking this one up. I can see you putting this one on your favorites list at the end of the year. You have got to put John Durgin on your list of go-to authors, he is that good.
Every now and then a book comes along that doesn’t pull its punches. John Durgin’s, Inside The Devil’s Nest, is one of those rare treats. It’s a rip-roaring ride full of fury and fear and doesn’t stop to let you catch your breath. Part gritty mob drama, part supernatural horror, it’s as much Ozark as it is The Shining, yet something wholly its own. Durgin has outdone himself with this one. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC a few months ago, and I tore through it in just a few sittings. Durgin's debut novel, The Cursed Among Us, was my favorite read released in 2022, so I went into this one with high hopes; however, I didn't go into it with unfair expectations. There was room for growth in Cursed, so more than anything, I was excited to see if he was going to step his game up. Boy, did he ever... When I reviewed his first novel, I praised its brutal prologue and the Stranger Things-esque teenage protagonists. In this one, Durgin takes the aforementioned hint of darkness, lets a group of complex adult characters marinate it, and then spins an unapologetically horrific yarn. What results is a frenzied, more mature vision of terror that is every bit as entertaining as it is shocking.