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An out of practice reader discussing the books I get around to reading. 


Reading progress update: I've read 241 out of 304 pages.

The Devil's Only Friend (John Cleaver) - Dan Wells

I haven't been reading a ton lately. Part of that was just the holidays. I was planning on reading a ton but I think I need to give up telling myself I will read when I'm home. All I do is drink and play with the animals. On that note, CMU was as adorable as she looked in the picture, though extremely high energy. She also liked to chew on books. So yeah, it was impossible to read while she was around. 


But now I'm back at my place and today was laundry day, which meant, as I'm sure you can tell, I got a good chunk of The Devil's Only Friend read. So let's discuss. 


I LOVE this book. Absolutely love it. I know I was hesitant when I began it but good lord this book is amazing. It might be, dare I say it, better than I Am Not a Serial Killer. Or at least equally good. If my laundry hadn't finished and if it wasn't socially unacceptable to scream at a laundromat, I'd still be reading now. 


Elijah is such a sweet heart. This isn't the first time I've cared deeply for one of the demons. Crowley's death scene makes me tear up every time I read it. But I really love Elijah. He's such a sweetheart. When he took on the dead woman's memories, I just wanted to comfort him. I love how Wells shows the grey areas of morality. Like, there are no good guys and bad guys in his books, just people who do good things and people who do bad things. What Elijah did was bad, but he doesn't read like he's a bad person anymore. Now that I'm attached to him he's probably gonna die. But who knows. Maybe I'll luck out.


The Hunter's letter revealing the back stories to everyone was absolutely amazing. That whole scene had me on the edge of my seat. I did find it a bit info-dumpy, but it was info that I found interesting so I can forgive that. I feel like there's a pattern to the crimes, something that's important. John's were done both because he wanted to but also because he had to. Like, he didn't do it for the thrill, that was just a bonus. At least, that's how I interpret it. Poor John. I'm very excited to find out how he knew all the information about the team. 


On that note, I think at least one member of the team is working for the Withered, if not working for them. My first guess is Trujillo. He's felt off to me for a while now. Something about Brooke's answers about the Withered had made him seem sketchy to me. And the way he was insistent that his theory about the Hunter. Maybe he's just stubborn. I can understand that. But my gut says it's something more. 


My other suspect now is Potash. In the letter, the Hunter calls him "The Death that Walks" and then mentions that he's "a man without a past". He was special forces I think, so that could explain it. But the letter makes me think there's something more. And he's recovering what feels very fast from his lung condition, which is unusual. "But Megan, if he's a Withered, why would Mary attack him in the first place?" Excellent question and one that stumped me with this theory. But then, there's a war going on with the Withered. Maybe Mary and Potash are on opposite sides. 


I dunno. But the theories are making me excited to finish. 


The fact that the Hunter is Rack almost made me scream. I held back so as not to scare the older woman next to me, but it was a struggle. That was such a cool reveal, starting with the revelation of him using a puppet and what that would mean. Rack is smart. I can't wait to find out who he is. 


I'm really enjoying this book. I have a lot to do today but maybe when I have it all done I'll read some more. If that's the case, this will definitely be finished by the end of the night. We'll see.