Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Better the Devil You Know
Author: Bey Deckard
Genre: MM Horror/Paranormal
Length: 40,000 words
Publisher: Bey Deckard
Release Date: October 1, 2015
Available at: All Romance and Payhip
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review: There are quite a few reasons Mr. Deckard is on my auto read list, not the least of which is his ability to suck me into any type of story, often those genres I would normally steer clear of, such as sci-fi, or, in this case, gorey, gruesome serial killer craziness. I admit that I didn’t read the blurb much past the warnings, which should most definitely be heeded. So, when I began this story, I didn’t realize it was a paranormal-ish tale. That being said, this starts out with a big bang and literally dives right into the middle of Byron’s gorey life.
The first chapter, alone, was one of the most disturbingly gruesome scenes I’ve read, and I cringed the whole way through it. I had the same feelings I had when I watched my first SAW movie. Byron is a bit of a mysterious fellow, and it takes a few chapters to really get a sense of what is going on. Although, just when you think you understand things, it twists in another direction. Byron is a serial killer who is extremely creative in carrying out his killings. He has the help of his PA, Gloria, who turns out to be as, if not more, creepier than Byron. Everything eventually catches up to Byron when he meets his end and Lucifer takes him to Hell to pay for his sins.
Lucifer is quite the interesting character. He has been lording over peoples’ souls for a long time, and it seems he is getting a bit tired. There is a connection with Byron, and even Gloria plays a role. Needless to say, there is more than one twist in this story that kept me on my toes until the end.
This story is put together as craftily as one of Byron’s killings. I’m not sure how to describe the writing other than to say that it just stands out in its masterfulness. If the horror/gorey aspect of this story isn’t for you, please stay away. However, if you can handle or even enjoy the cringing and slight nausea of a creepy thriller, I highly recommend it and hope the writing will shine through for you as much as it did for me.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*