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The Devil Next Door by Tim Curran
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Oct 02, 2011

it was ok
Read from October 02 to 04, 2011

I was hoping that I would love all of Tim Curran's novels because of the flawlessness of Dead Sea, and the fun of Biohazard and Resurrection, but I really can not say

anything positive about the Devil Next Door other than that it has an excellent beginning which only brings out how bad the rest of the book is. I guess that isn't

positive after all. Anyway, when an author decides to write a novel that has such an unoriginal plot, they really should try to find some way to make it stand out.

Curran's method seems to be put as much disgusting violence in the book as possible but that only made me think of other books that did it first. In fact, I will

mention several of these survival novels where people go insane for some reason and I won't even include zombie novels since The Devil Next Door is not one.
Blood Crazy by Simon Clark
Primitive by J. F. Gonzalez
The Fog by James Herbert
One Rainy Night by Richard Laymon
Cell by Stephen King
These are just the ones I have read and can think of. Out of those five, Gonzalez's Primitive is the most similar and I didn't care much for that either. TDND is not

achieving anything new here and I could barely finish the damn book. Tim Curran is still one of my new favorite authors (nothing can hide the fact that the man wrote

Dead Sea), but The Devil Next Door showed me that he is only human after all. I know he is better than this.

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