- Goodreads Synopsis -
Devil in the Countryside is a story about the most famous werewolf investigation in history, brimming with intrigue and war, love and betrayal, and long-kept vendettas.
It's 1588, the height of the Reformation, and a killer is terrorizing the German countryside. There are reports that the legendary Werewolf of Bedburg has returned to a once-peaceful land. Heinrich Franz, a cold and calculating investigator, is tasked with finding whomever -- or whatever -- the killer might be. He'll need all the help he can get, including that of a strange hunter who's recently stumbled into town. Though they're after the same thing, their reasons are worlds apart.
And through it all, a priest tries to keep the peace among his frightened townsfolk, while a young woman threatens his most basic beliefs.
'When the big man reached the door, he turned and had a mischievous grin on his face. "You're here to find the werewolf? Well, I'm here to kill him."'
I honestly had no idea what to expect from this book. This is the first book I have read by Cory Barclay and it was amazing! Devil in The Countryside is definitely not your average book. This book is actually based on true events and I think that made this book even better! I had no prior knowledge of Bedburg and the werewolf investigation. When I finished the book I immediately had to do a little research myself. I was so intrigued by this story and its events!
Devil in the Countryside is about Bedburg and the people who live there. Everything changes when the werewolf who once haunted Germany returns. This book has a lot more going on than just werewolf killings though! You will see betrayal, love, friendship, death, war, and so much more! Barclay introduces us to Sybil and her family. Sybil finds herself right in the middle of the werewolf drama when she catches on to her dad's secrets. Why is her dad lying? Sybil knows something is up and in the process of trying to figure things out, she falls for a man. A man she is not supposed to love.
"They were becoming close - too close for a catholic priest and a beautiful young woman. But he couldn't stop his wandering mind, body, and soul. His years of training did little to prepare him for an actual encounter with such an alluring girl."
Heinrich is an investigator who wants someone or something to be guilty for the werewolf killings. He will not stop until he finds someone to blame. Does that mean he will accuse the innocent? We also meet Georg, who somewhat teams up with Heinrich. The two are trying to find the wolf behind the killings, but have completely different reasons for doing so. There are many more characters and people involved! Barclay gave us some amazing characters and I will let you guys read the book for yourself so you can meet them. I do try my hardest not to give away any spoilers. I know it is a little hard sometimes..
Barclay did an awesome job bringing an event like this back to life. He wrote about the Catholics and Protestants in such a real way. Even though these events happened in 1588/1589, I easily was able to relate to the book and put myself into it. You know you are an awesome author when your readers can relate to a set of events that we weren't even alive for. I was a little worried when I read that this book was based off of true events. Those type of books are either really good or really bad! I was surprised with how good Barclay made this story. He gave us a historical, crime, thriller which I could not stop reading until I was done with every last word.
"He realized at that moment that he looked more like a monster than he ever thought possible."
I am very impressed with this book and Barclay should be so proud! His writing is amazing, detailed, and easy to follow. I really enjoyed this book and I think you guys will too! Yeah, we have werewolf and vampire books floating all over now days, but how many werewolf stories out there are based on true events? I can only assume that there are not many!