The Dogs of Devonshire by Demetrius Sherman


The Dogs of Devonshire by Demetrius Sherman
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Horror, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (25 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Dr. Sacker gets a phone call that could get him killed. Sacker’s consulting detective friend invites him to a dangerous case. Something attacks like a wild beast and disappears. And to stop the killings, the two must come face to face with whatever is out there.

Dogs don’t usually attack people for no reason. The question is, why are these particular dogs so vicious?

The idea of being violently attacked by a dog in a public place frightens me. As soon as I read the blurb for the story, I couldn’t wait to find out why this was happening and if Sheridan Hope and Dr. Sacker would be able to figure out a way to stop it before more victims were killed or seriously injured. The more that I learned about this case, the more interested I became in seeing how it would end as well.

There were pacing issues. The narrator spent a disproportionate amount of time introducing the characters and describing the death of the first victim in this case. As fascinated as I was by all of this information, it didn’t leave much room in the plot for the characters to uncover new clues or for them to piece everything together.

One of the things I liked the most about this tale was how much attention the narrator gave to little details when he was describing how the victims were attacked.Those scenes were bloody and full of fear. The pain and horror of them made me cringe at times, but knowing exactly what happened to the people who were targeted by the dogs was important for figuring out where these creatures came from and why they were so dangerous.

I’d recommend The Dogs of Devonshire to anyone who is looking for a dark mystery.

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