It was always there.

Thirty years ago, Carter Springer left behind Devondale, a sleepy neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky, for a big-city life in Atlanta. But he didn’t just leave behind his family—he also left behind his friends, a group the adults of the neighborhood once referred to as the Devondale Five. They were legends back then. They ran the neighborhood. They were inseparable.

Until Carter abandoned them.

It never left.

He’s long set aside the memories he and his friends made on those winding streets. But when Richie, another member of the Five, dies under mysterious circumstances, Carter knows he must return to Devondale and pay his respects.

It’s been waiting.

Richie’s death raises more than just questions for the old gang. It also raises a lot of ghosts, turning the sleepy neighborhood from Carter’s memories into a nightmare. One he might never escape from.

And now that he’s back… it’s hungry.

 A little about Mark first


Mark Spears was born in Lexington, Kentucky, where he still lives today. His first two books, Finding Eve and Devondale, are both set in his hometown. Finding Eve is based on a true story. Devondale is set in the neighborhood the author grew up in.

And although he has several active projects, he is hard at work on The A.R.C., a story about six strangers that find themselves stranded in a bar in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico. With a historical sand storm converging on the small establishment, the strangers find that fate has lead them there for a purpose.

Sherry Terry’s Review: 4.9-Stars

I really loved Devondale. It was the perfect book for Halloween. Just the right amount of scary to keep the horror lover reading. The cover promised frightening and it delivered. The writing is tight and very well done.

Little does Carter know that when he goes home for a friend’s funeral, his life will be changed forever. He reunites with an old flame and gets into lots of twists and turns. I love the way Mark put everything together, and when the dead guy keeps following Carter around, the visual is great. The afterlife in this story is scarier than you’d ever want to imagine.

I highly recommend Devondale to anyone who likes to read horror. This one will scare you, that’s fo sho!

There are a couple of instances of formatting issues and some punctuation glitches but nothing that takes away from the story.

RA Winter’s Review: 4.5-stars

Devondale, by Mark Spears, is a neat little book. It’s a great read, and I’d recommend it to anyone who loves paranormal.

The story starts off with the MC going home for a funeral of a friend. Little does he know that his life with change forever. Death haunts him from the other side, drawing him into another world. A really unique twist of murder, ghost and what it’s like to see the next realm.

The plot is very involved and tidied up in a nice neat little package. Unexpected twists and turns kept me reading.

I really enjoyed this. It’s written in first person POV and done very well. Mark’s writing is tight and very enjoyable.

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  • 4 STARS

    A dark paranormal adventure that keeps you guessing, Mark Spears’ ‘Devondale’ is a tale that will have you afraid of your own shadow.

    Mark leads you down a dimly lit path full of twists and turns and promptly frightens the daylights out of you in this unique murder story which explores the beyond.

    While there were parts of the narrative which bumped me as a reader, overall Mark’s writing style is tidy and easy to follow. Death, the afterlife, the circumstances of the murder… all are explored with care, and the first person narrative puts you in the driver’s seat.

    I’m not typically a person who picks up a novel with elements of horror, however I did end up enjoying ‘Devondale’.

    If you’re a person who is a fan of horror to begin with, I definitely recommend this adventure for you!

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