By special request of Cory Barclay
Its 1588, the height of Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside… In a time when life is cheap and secrets hiss amidst whispers of love, betrayal and murder, four troubled souls find themselves entangled in their fight to survive with their sanity still intact…
An intense, almost uncomfortable read, Devil in the Countryside explores the politics and religion of 16th century Germany and the brutal war between Catholics and Protestants that tore the town of Bedburg apart.
Cold, ruthless and almost inhuman, protagonist Inspector Heinrich Franz is tasked with finding the “werewolf” of Bedburg – a brutal killer credited with the gory and sadistic murders of teenage girls and women for decades. Through death, betrayal and war, the inspector and three similarly troubled souls struggle to survive – hunter George Seighart, a disturbed ex-soldier who supposedly lost his family to the ‘werewolf’ and a Priest troubled by his attraction to a young woman who threatens his most basic of beliefs.
I’m not going to lie, this was a little adulty for a person of… ahem… my age, and a little uncomfortable at times. The themes were very strong, and there was a lot of gore -in other words, be prepared! This is not for children, and is pretty intense as it is. The characters were interesting, and the way the author portrayed them not only focused on their faults and their conflicts, but also on their path to become better people, which was a fascinating journey to follow all throughout the book.
A gripping, almost awful story of the largest werewolf investigation in history, the Devil in the Countryside is one that you will never forget – in the most chilling yet intriguing way possible.