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How far will a mother go to protect her dead daughter?

Paris, 1858. Mercedes Fabron, pragmatic wife and childless mother, has her hands full running her husband’s fashion shop while ignoring the uninvited ghosts that haunt her night and day. Only the spirit of her deceased daughter Danielle gives her comfort in her increasingly claustrophobic life.

In the darkness beyond li
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Paperback, 2nd, 440 pages
Published May 18th 2019 by Azera Publishing
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Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
This book has been on my review list for some time now, but I just got around to reading it. I thought it would be the perfect for the fraterfest readathon. The original cover and the synopsis hinted at things sinister, as a result I was prepared to be taken on a journey where I would be scared to sleep with the lights off. I am happy to report, this did not happen, however, there were some eerie and suspenseful moments, which had me fearing for the characters who were directly affected by the u ...more
Ashley
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Devourer was a very interesting and original story. Chris Chesler did an amazing job with writing for the time period. I do have to say I loathed Eric's character (what a creep!!), although it is fitting of a man during that time period.

There is a very dark atmosphere to the book as well as very creepy parts. I must say that I had goosebumps more than once during this read. The Devourer is quite an intricate story with interwoven plots. If you like the paranormal as well as historical ficti
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Sandrus
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel, The Devourer is a very well written book, it was a pleasure to read such good prose and it shows that the author took her time to do the research needed to recreate Paris of other times and all the rest that that implies but also shows the knowledge of paranormal phenomena, like life after death, soul immortality, the reward of the just and the punishment of the wicked advocated by some schools of thought.

The number of characters is reduced and we don’t get those over complex plots a
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Michelle Randall
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Life has not been easy for Mercedes, try as she might to be normal, she is not. She has always been able to see those who have passed on and she learned early in life that it was not a gift that others understood or welcomed. At least for right now, Mercedes is grateful for her ability as it allows her to keep her daughter in her life, even if it is only a half life. The Devourer is a dual story, first of Mercedes and her life and trials as well as secondly, a story
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Susan
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Paris in 1858, Mercedes Fabron is a busy and successful woman running her husband’s fashion shop for women. Her husband runs the one for men. However Mercedes has lost several babies which caused her to be subjected to by the authorities for the death of four infants. Her husband, Eric stands by her to refute such a crime. Mercedes has a secret. What is it? She can see and communicate with ghosts which she ignores as they try for her attention 24 hours a day. Mercedes does let the ghost of he ...more
Buttercupp77
I really enjoyed this novel.

The author's research into the historical details really paid off in terms of the creation of a realistic feel to the setting. The pacing of the story was very good - there was a lot of action and the flow was very good.

What I found to be most poignant was the way the main character was trapped by her status as a married woman, by her station in life, and by the perceptions of others. I think the author did an exceptional job of conveying her powerlessness in the worl
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YvonneVetjens
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a joy to read! On the surface it is a ghost tale set in 19th century Paris, which tickled my interest, but there is much more going on. The story starts with mysterious deaths happening in Paris, and how they influence the life of Mercedes Fabron, who leads a quiet but troubled life running a fashion shop with her husband. I mean, you'd be troubled too if you could see ghosts, one of whom is your dead child, right? The story quickly carries the reader into a parallel spiritual worl ...more
Valerie - Cats Luv Coffee
When we first met Mercedes, she is in a Paris fashion bouquet. We learn that she is the hostess of said shop, owned by her husband, Eric. We quickly discover that she has a gift or rather, a curse.

It's not an ability that others would understand, so she keeps it hidden away. She is also guilt-ridden that she has such an ability as she feels it's not natural. However, she is grateful for it because it allows her to continue to keep the company of her daughter, Danielle, who is no longer among the
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H. Willemsen
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Other reviews tell you enough about the storyline, so I won’t go into that.
The story seems to be slowgoing, but the depth and attention to (interesting and often needed) detail is fantastic.
The world the lead character is living in is very small. But interestingly enough it is a seemingly unimportant character that has a major impact on her life.
The multitude of layers in this story is amazing. I am sure I will find new depths, plots and twists at a second reading.
Mcf1nder_sk
This tale, albeit an original one, was rather difficult for me to get into. I usually don't have much trouble with period pieces, but this book seemed to drone on and on, with very little payoff at the end of each chapter. It was a decent book, but just not my style.
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