The Donors – Jeffrey Wilson Review

The Donors
Jeffrey Wilson

An evil force is at work at the Hospital where Nathan is recovering from injuries he received at the hands of his Mom’s abusive ex-boyfriend. Demonic looking men with pale faces and glowing eyes lurk in the shadows and it appears that someone is harvesting skin and organs from living donors against their will.

In his dreams, Nathan can see these demons in their true form– evil creatures who feed on the fear and hatred they help create in their victims. Nathan’s only ally is the Doctor who cares for him. Bound together by their common legacy, they alone seem to share the ability to see the demons for what they are.

Together they must find a way to stop these creatures before their own loved ones become the next victims and the demons destroy them– and much more.

This was a surprisingly dark novel.  It starts off with a young boy getting abused by his mother’s boyfriend.  At the hospital, he meets Dr. Jason Gelman, a man who has something very important in common with Nathan. I liked this novel, but it’s not what I normally read. The antagonists in this book were the Lizard Men, creatures that feed on fear and pain.

This isn’t the type of book I normally read because in this book, it’s pretty clear who the bad guys are. It’s simplistic in the sense that you know exactly who’s good and who’s bad.  You know exactly who you should be rooting for. However, that being said, it’s incredible in the amount of detail when it comes to the medical procedures. Some of the descriptions of the torture were indescribably horrific.  I found myself cringing and physically uncomfortable while reading.  It wasn’t as gut wrenching as in Robert Pobi’s Bloodman, but it wasn’t fun to read either.

At the heart of this book is a story about courage and belief in oneself.  It’s almost inspiring, but there are some moments that are a little too sweet. Nonetheless, Nathan is one of those rare kids in literature that you don’t wish would move to a foreign country.  He’s not unbearably precocious and both mature and childish at the same time, which should be a contradiction, but somehow isn’t.

Overall, it’s a very good horror book and I enjoyed it.  Wilson knows how to build a suspenseful atmosphere and keep the reader completely invested in the characters. He writes with great promise and I’m looking forward to reading more from him.

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