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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite
The Evil Inside: A Horror Novel by Marc Layton is a riveting read that will transport you to a world of suspense and chilling horror. Following an ugly divorce, Denise moves from Portland, Oregon, with her two teenage children, Lucas and Amanda, to an ancestral homestead in the Montana mountains. However, the homestead is isolated and far from town, and it hasn't been inhabited for the past thirty years. Could mysteries or a dark history be lurking inside? Soon after the small family moves in, evil and escalating terror lurk. Lucas discovers a hidden ancient spearhead that is said to have pierced Jesus at his crucifixion! This isn't just a piece of ancient metal - it's tethered to a demonic entity. As Lucas' obsession with the spearhead grows, so does the evil entity attached to it, yearning to be unleashed. What suffering will it cause and can Lucas escape from being exploited by evil?
The story gets under the reader's skin, and we quickly become emotionally attached. I appreciated the author's ability to keep me entertained, even though historical fiction is not usually one of my favorite genres. Marc Layton's ability to describe scenes and weave mysteries made me feel connected to a period I had only read about in history books in school. I loved everything about The Evil Inside, and I believe this highlights the excellent research and time invested in its authorship. Some characters were not my favorites, notably Lucas, who I found annoying, but I believe it is a sign of a good book when you actively dislike the characters in it as though they were real. I also enjoyed the section of the book that was dated May 1st, 1945. This real-time dating aspect improved my ability to follow the action and made the event of WWII soldiers discovering the ancient arrowhead most realistic. The presentation was excellent. I found myself wanting to yell at Lucas because of his impatience, only to remember that it was just a book! This work was my introduction to the author, and I only wish I had discovered his writing earlier. He did an excellent job and I can't wait to read his other works.