Title: The Night Screams
Author Name & Publisher: Devon McCormack (Harmony Ink Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 28, 2016 – 220 pgs
Running naked through the woods, Cal flees the sadistic man who abducted and tortured him. When he stumbles upon a convenience store, he breaks in to steal food. A young store clerk, Jake, confronts him, and they get into a fight that ends with Cal being knocked unconscious. He wakes in the home of Jake’s Uncle Gary, the owner of the convenience store. Realizing Cal needs help, Gary tries to communicate with him, but despite Cal’s efforts, he can’t bring himself to speak. Instead, he writes down his experiences. Horrified by the perverse cruelty Cal endured, Gary takes him to the police, who track down his tormentor.
Abandoned by his parents before his abduction, Cal doesn’t have anywhere to go, so Gary and his wife eagerly welcome him into their home. He feels fortunate to be with such caring people—something he’s never had before. Despite their help, he still can’t find his voice, and he wonders if he ever will. And Jake certainly isn’t making things any easier. It’s clear he doesn’t want Cal to be part of their family. But the more Cal gets to know him, the more he realizes Jake might be the very person who can heal the deep wounds left by his horrifying past.
This was a great story. It had love, loss, acceptance and learning.
Cal and Jake have a strained relationship at the beginning. It’s somewhat difficult to tell if it’s jealousy or attraction.
I really like how Gary and Luce were able to take in both boys and offer them something that they were all needing – family.
I loved Gary. He was funny, the steady sense in this family who, at it’s core is full of love and acceptance. He knows that his wife has some learning to do but I love how he handles it.
Luce is a wonderful person who just has some catching up to do.
I felt that this story was more about Luce and her learning to accept than it was about Cal and Jake. However, their story was one of learning how to have a relationship, learning to love themselves and each other.
The Night Screams is poignant and moving. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an emotional suspense story with romance.
This is a gritty and engaging book. The characters are well developed and easy to love. The romance is realistic, and I’m glad that it’s not sexually explicit. I feel it fits the story better this way.
This story addresses not only the extreme abuse that Cal endured but also social and family issues faced by many LGBTQ teens. Cal’s journey is frightening and heartbreaking at times, but there are also hopeful and heartwarming moments.
Overall, I loved this book! There were a few little plot points that nagged at me through the story. The plot twist that resolved these issues solidified the 5th star in my rating.
Devon McCormack spends most of his time hiding in his lair, adventuring in paranormal worlds with his island of misfit characters. A good ole Southern boy, McCormack grew up in the Georgian suburbs with his two younger brothers and an older sister. At a very young age, he spun tales the old fashioned way, lying to anyone and everyone he encountered. He claimed he was an orphan. He claimed to be a king from another planet. He claimed to have supernatural powers. He has since harnessed this penchant for tall tales by crafting whole worlds where he can live out whatever fantasy he chooses.
A gay man himself, McCormack focuses on gay male characters, adding to the immense body of literature that chooses to represent and advocate gay men’s presence in media. His body of work ranges from erotica to young adult, so readers should check the synopses of his books before purchasing so that they know what they’re getting into.