Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Dark Devine

The Dark Devine by Bree Despain

I really hope that the first book I finished this year is an indication of how my year of reading will go. This was an awesome book.

Grace Devine is the daughter of a minister. On the surface, their family is just what they appear to be, happy, caring and loving, not only to each other, but to the world at large. But as families often do, they harbor a secret. One that no one will let Grace in on. The family next door is troubled. Grace and her brother Jude's childhood playmate, Daniel, is abused and eventually comes to live with her family. Then one night, Jude comes home covered in his own blood, Daniel disappears and no one will tell Grace what really happened. A few years later, Daniel returns. Her father tries to help him, her mother and brother refuse to even speak of him, and Grace finds herself falling in love with him. Then mysterious things begin to happen all over the neighborhood. People are turning up dead with what appear to be animal bite marks all over them. Jude blames Daniel, Daniel remains silent. What really did happen the night Daniel disappeared all those years ago? Why won't anyone tell her?

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