Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Night Screams
Author: Devon McCormack
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 220 Pages
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Release Date: July 28, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Running naked through the woods, Cal flees the sadistic man who abducted and tortured him. When he stumbles upon a convenience store, he breaks in to steal food. A young store clerk, Jake, confronts him, and they get into a fight that ends with Cal being knocked unconscious. He wakes in the home of Jake’s Uncle Gary, the owner of the convenience store. Realizing Cal needs help, Gary tries to communicate with him, but despite Cal’s efforts, he can’t bring himself to speak. Instead, he writes down his experiences. Horrified by the perverse cruelty Cal endured, Gary takes him to the police, who track down his tormentor.
Abandoned by his parents before his abduction, Cal doesn’t have anywhere to go, so Gary and his wife eagerly welcome him into their home. He feels fortunate to be with such caring people—something he’s never had before. Despite their help, he still can’t find his voice, and he wonders if he ever will. And Jake certainly isn’t making things any easier. It’s clear he doesn’t want Cal to be part of their family. But the more Cal gets to know him, the more he realizes Jake might be the very person who can heal the deep wounds left by his horrifying past.
Review: Wow, this story was really intense. It literally starts off with a bang, and then that bang turns into horror once you realize what Cal has been through. This is a story of the unbelievable evil that man can impose upon his fellow man, and in Cal’s case, upon a kid.
Homeless teens are susceptible to being victims because no one knows or cares enough about them to realize they are missing. Cal was lucky because he escapes from a madman who inflicted unimaginable pain on him, but he was unlucky to be caught trying to steal food. Fortunately, he picked a convenience story that was owned by a family that chose to help Cal instead of turning him into the police.
This story begins after Cal’s escape and deals with the aftermath and his growing attraction to Jake. They live together, but it takes a while for them to get together. Jake is a little off putting and Cal is a very young and still coping with his past. What I loved was the entire premise, but what I didn’t like was the fact that is was told to me more than it was played out. I needed a bit more action and dialogue.
The twist towards the end was a real surprise. I should have guessed considering it seemed the whole abduction and abuse was cleared up a little too easily, but it still took me by surprise. That was good. What I wasn’t a fan of was how Jake and Cal tried to rush their relationship. I understood their reasoning, I just didn’t feel it. So, for the most part, this was a great story dealing with difficult subject matter and the repercussions associated with that history. It starts off with a bang, drags just a bit in the middle, but ends on a good note. I definitely recommend this book to those who have no issues reading about abuse.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*