The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

On the edge of town, a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

I read a sample of The Devouring Gray last year and knew right away that I was going to love it so it was one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2019 and it didn’t disappoint. After just one page you will be hooked!

“Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?”

It has a real Riverdale/Stranger Things/Sabrina vibe about it but I also felt reminded of The Raven Boys, that same all-consuming feeling of I need more while reading is what I got with this one.. I literally need more! It’s eerie but in an obsessive way, things might be scary in the town of Four Paths but you still want to be a part of it. And as for the founding families well, there’s clearly more to them than meets the eye. Secrets and lies, power and fear is how this town is kept going but the cracks are starting to show and before you know it people will start to break.

I can’t recommend The Devouring Gray enough, it gets under your skin, climbs inside of you and takes root.. just read it you’ll thank me later and then we can obsess about it together!

Many thanks to Lydia at Titan Books for sending me a copy to review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.

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