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Devil's Bait

(Devereaux Chronicles #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In this first book of the Devereaux Chronicles, we meet Emma Draper, whose life is about to change in every way imaginable.Moving with her husband and children to a new home is just the beginning. The supernatural occurrences in the old house begin on the very first day, but the reality of the situation takes time for Emma to understand and accept. Her sanity is challenged ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 5th 2017 by Debra Boek
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Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not to be too cliché about linking books, but this is really Amityville Horror meets Supernatural. It is a book of 2 parts, the horror part, and the demon-busting, love interest, drama part.

Emma and Jeremy Draper have just bought their dream house in a rural town, just beyond the commuter belt, so Jeremy needs to take an apartment in the city during his working week. They have 2 young boys, Collin and James, and a 17-year-old girl Shelly, who is not impressed being moved from all her
This was one of the creepiest haunted house stories I have read in awhile as I became so involved with the story that I literally had bad dreams from it which is very rare for me!

Emma Draper along with her husband and three children move into a new home out in the country. Not too long after moving in, things start happening in their home that is unexplained, along with some physical attacks from an unseen force. The events mostly happen to her and the children, but nothing happens to her husban
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

Do you like things that go bump in the night? Have you ever felt an unexplainable touch that sent the hairs on your neck on full alert? Maybe you just moved and the new place has unfamiliar creaks and groans…Welcome to DEVIL’S BAIT by Debbie Boek where one old house may have more than just architectural character and the new owners may not be the only occupants.

For Emma and her family, this seemed like a good move. Sure, the house needed a lot of work, but it was far safer to
As haunted house stories go this was good! Spooky with a hint of romance, it started off like The Conjuring then turned into Supernatural fan fiction.

I really enjoyed this, it had the right level of spookiness to keep me intrigued. The romance is the only part that didn't feel entirely believable. The ending my what I expected at all and I'll have to get the second one in the series now.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for a digital copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I have found myself a new author. I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed the way this book flowed . Dean Koontz, step back! Debbie Boek is here to stay. Can't wait to read the next book of hers! ...more
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun read. Sort of a Supernatural meets Poltergeist vibe.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, netgalley
Emma wanted to move her family away from the city and so buys a house in the country. Right from the start though, things start to happen, unexplainable things, and Emma realises that something is wrong with the house. Her husband doesn't believe her because he has to live in the city during the week for work and only comes home on the weekend and he hasn't seen anything. But when his kids are put into danger, he has no choice but to believe his wife and so they call on a medium. This woman tell ...more
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jeremy and Emma Draper with their children move into a home in the country. Jeremy will spend the workweek living in an apartment near his work. He will be home on the weekends. Soon Emma starts to experience things that aren’t normal. Unfortunately, her husband does not so is not convinced that anything strange is happening. When she finds out that the kids are seeing ghosts, she decides to call in a medium for help. Unfortunately, the medium has some difficulties with getting the ghosts out of ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book is awesome to sum it up. It kept me reading one more and another more chapters in it. I had to do things in life, but when I had time to read it, I stayed hooked. It has some romance, I'm not so keen on romance, but the story kept me from doing some things. This is a brilliant start to a series and I definitely recommend this book if you like scary stories. I was reading and when I heard noises around my house, I got a little freaked out; especially when my kitty also reacted to t ...more
S.K. Gregory
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A good mix of the supernatural and a romance story. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to fans of paranormal fantasy.
Luis Humberto Molinar Márquez
(Review in English + Reseña en Español)

Devil's Bait is a novel that flirts successfully between the most classic paranormal terror and romance.

The story revolves around a housewife worried about saving her family from a threat of paranormal origin while she is faced with the difficult task of achieving true balance between the stability of her family and her own happiness.

Emma is a housewife with strong values, a lot of love for her family and a broad sense of duty. A series of paranormal events
Debbie Viscosi
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Families often leave the city and move to the suburbs. Better schools, less traffic, homes that have yards, are some of the reasons the suburbs can be attractive. The Draper family leaves the city and buys an older home that has been vacant for some time. The home needs some work but stay at home mom Emma is up to the challenge. There are many unusual things about this house. Things are moved around. There is an occasional bad smell. The basement is cold, eerie and scary. Why do the kids prefer ...more
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Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Devil's Bait by Debbie Boek is a well written thriller that will take you on a wild ride. If you like things that go bump in the night with no seeming explanation, then this book is for you. When Emma and her family move into an older home, one that needs massive restoration, they are mostly excited. Well, maybe Emma's daughter isn't too excited. But the chance for a new beginning is a positive note, and they are on they way to a new adventure in a new town. When odd things begin to happen, Emma ...more
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Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found Devil’s Bait grabbed me as soon as I began reading, so much so that I slept through my alarm the following morning after staying up reading into the early hours. There have been a whole load of movies with a similar type of premise as this in recent years, but none did anywhere near as good a job as Boek has done here. This is the first book I’ve read from this athor but I can’t wait to check out more.

It looks like lovers of supernatural thrillers have a new go-to author to lead the line
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
When Emma and her family move into their new home they obviously don’t do enough research into why no one stays very long. Almost immediately strange things happen and the atmosphere is not very pleasant. A story of good v bad, romance and creepy goings on. It was an enjoyable, sometimes chilling story but I probably wouldn’t have chosen it had I realised it was the first of a trilogy. However, for those who do enjoy their books in series, then it’s a good read. I was given this ARC by the publi ...more
G. Edward  Smith
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Devil's Bait is an excellent read. Author Debbie Boek twists and turns her way through a great story. If you enjoy a good paranormal tale that will leave you guessing, then you have found the right book to grab. So happy this is the first book in a series. I am going on to the next book to continue the ride with these well thought out characters and their relationships with each other. I definitely recommend this to anyone with a few evenings on their hands because you won’t be able to put it do ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Audible:This was a very good story.Emma and her family move to a new neighborhood.They have no idea they moved into a 'murder house' until the kids go to school.When things start to happen,Emma tries everything she can to get rid of the spirits by herself,since her husband is no help.I was dissapointed in the preview for the next book,though I want to read it!lol Jenny Kelly was a fine narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. ...more
Marsha Welsh
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It's has it all Horror, thrills and romance! I am an avid reader but to be honest past wee while struggling to get through some books but I couldn't put this one down! No spoilers from me just read it you will not regret it! ...more
Crystal Mayfield
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a great story and an entertaining read. I suggest reading at night by candlelight.

I recieved this for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-netgalley, 2018
Doesn't everyone want to move their family to an old house in the country away from the city? Emma did but life didn't turn out like she could have ever imagined!

I was grabbed into the storyline from the beginning. It was a well written suspense book with very strong paranormal happenings. Personally, I loved the creepy goings on in the house but was glad I didn't live there.

Things got so bad, two brothers come in to rid the house of its evil entities. This is a good spooky book to read and even
Nichole Sellers
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is so much like my favorite supernatural series that I watch on tv. I think it started out hitting u hard in the feelings then ends with a mind spinner. I will pick up the second book in the series. GreatJob!
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Debbie Boek is an independent author who lives in upstate New York. She currently has published four historical romance novels, If Not For The Knight, When the Knight Falls, Winter’s Knight and Sommers’ Folly.
Debbie has also published five books in the Devereaux Chronicles series, Devil’s Bait, Devil’s Retribution, Devil’s Gathering, Devil’s Veil and Devil's Jubilee. They are supernatural thrille

Other books in the series

Devereaux Chronicles (4 books)
  • Devil's Retribution (Devereaux Chronicles #2)
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