Title: Better the Devil You Know
Author: Bey Deckard
Publisher: Bey Deckard
Release Date: September 30, 2015
Genre(s): Horror, torture, paranormal, serial killer
Page Count: 128
Reviewed by: Otila
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Tags: graphic torture, forced incest, rape
Byron is tall, handsome, well spoken, wealthy, and has outstanding taste in wine and food. You’ll be impressed by his impeccable attire and eloquence in conversation, ranging from Baroque art to the newest advances in pharmacology. With his charming smile and elegant manners, Byron truly is the perfect date… and who doesn’t love a man who appreciates opera?
What’s the catch, you ask?
Just this: if Byron finds you suitable, he will subject you to utterly depraved forms of torture.
No, I’m not talking about S&M.
Byron will mutilate, rape, and then kill you. Don’t think that you will survive the encounter, because you won’t. He has a perfect record.
Intrigued? Would you like me to arrange a rendezvous? It has to be in the next few days because he’s leaving on a trip south to much warmer climes, and his calendar will be completely full.
Yes? Very good. I will make a reservation for two under the name of Smith.
Who am I? I’m Gloria, his personal assistant.
First let me say that this book is not for everyone. It’s dark and twisted and completely depraved. I loved it!
The book starts off with a horrifying gruesome scene where we meet serial killer Byron Danielson “enjoying” two of his victims. It only gets worse (better?) after that as we experience Byron’s killings in disturbingly graphic and gory detail.
As interesting and deranged as Byron was it was the other guy, Michael, who really grabbed me. His character was fascinating and he’s who I wanted more of. I’d say this is just as much his story as it is Byron’s.
I want to say more but I can’t really tell you what this book is about because it’s the twists and turns the story takes that made this so great. Every time I thought I knew where it was going, the plot took a completely different direction. It made for a clever and thrilling read.
I love gore and horror and those are what first caught my attention but it was the excellent writing that kept me captivated. This is my first book by Deckard but it definitely won’t be my last. I’m off to devour his backlist!
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