Devil's Nightmare is a crime thriller filled with suspense, intrigue, and gore--three primary ingredients to satisfy the appetites of fans of this genre. After reading the first chapter where a boy is running for his life from an evil entity, I was excited to take a seat and enjoy a wild rollercoaster ride. Unfortunately during the story, I felt as if I was stuck inside a bumper car.
I appreciate the story's intricate plot of a 'lone wolf' detective trying to find out who or what killed a young boy's two friends and his parents, and witnessing horrific events that could not be explained. However, the writing was sloppy; there were many words being repeated in consecutive sentences disrupting the flow. Also there were way too many typographical and grammar errors. I understand it is difficult for indie authors to edit their work to perfection, but no one should pay for an incomplete book. Most of these flaws were written in the prose of the story. On a positive note, the dialogue did contain some interesting conflicts which kept me engaged.
My biggest complaint with DN is the protagonist, Detective Aaron Sanders. I found him to be a slob, a bully, and self-absorbed. He also has the worst flirting skills I have read or seen in a long time. I just didn't like him. In fact, I wouldn't have minded if he died at the end. That's how much I disliked him.
Character development is a huge deal in the literature world, and although the detective did slightly change his ways of thinking towards the end, it seemed to be out of guilt and not because his heart told him to.
I really enjoyed the climax of DN and how all of the intricate details were revealed. Even though I carried a hatred for the detective, I was satisfied with how the story ended. Unfortunately, it was not enough for me to say that I liked the book. To me, it was just average. Some people will agree with me; some will not. It is all just a matter of taste.