The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn. Published by Gallery

Stevie has little to celebrate in his world of poverty and ignorance. His mother is indifferent and her husband uses Stevie like a punching bag. The only happiness Stevie has is hanging around his older cousin, Jude. The two have a fort in the woods and share the secret of the scary decrepit house in the same forest. When Jude disappears, the only people who really seem to care are Stevie and Jude’s mother. Stevie becomes convinced he’s the only one who can find his cousin, and his search takes him to that creepy old house, where he’s convinced he sees something terrible. When Jude turns up alive, the adults are just happy he’s back, only Stevie seems to notice the change in his cousin. Stevie becomes convinced that something has taken Jude’s place, something that will kill them all if given half a chance, and Stevie knows he will have to be the one to stop him. I liked this book, but I would have loved it if there had been less time spent on Rose and Otto and more on Stevie. This is a real creepfest

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