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The Devil at Play by Marcus Damanda

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978-1-77233-185-1


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The Devil in Miss Drake's Class, 3

“Everyone loves the devil until they know him. Until they see him for what he really is.” 

Nobody ever did, even as the bodies started to pile up. 

But now, too late for it to matter, Audrey understands at last. The devil of Fairview has been courting her for days, and watching her for much longer than that. The murderer is her boyfriend—and he’s been killing on her behalf. 

His name is Jack Maddox, but everyone calls him Mad Jack. He’s planning a party, where everyone is invited, especially Audrey’s tormentors—especially the Facebook Fifteen. 

Audrey will have her revenge, whether she wants it or not. 

Because, in Miss Drake’s class, the devil will have his due.

14+ due to violence and adult situations

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Excerpt:

As he cleaned the knife, she fought her way back to the surface. Eventually, she managed words. “I still don’t know which parts of this were real. Or if I’m completely crazy.”

“You’re not crazy, Audrey,” he reassured her. “You never were. No more than I was. And you’re not crazy now. Just the opposite, in fact.”

When she let the silence stretch again, making it meaningful, he continued.

“Your problem is the same as mine. You see things how they really are, and it makes you sad. Makes you angry. What happened here wasn’t a hallucination. What happened here was justice—for you.”

Polishing the blade, he glanced at her sidelong, expectantly.

He’s holding a knife, she said to herself. And spoke her mind anyway. “I’m nothing like you.”

He smiled. “You’re nicer than me, that’s for sure. No contest.”

“You’re… like the devil, Jack.” Please don’t kill me. You can read my thoughts, I know it now. You’ll know if I lie. I’m being honest with you. I want the truth.

“The devil?” Jack said, chuckling. “Not sure if I believe in ‘the devil.’ Never been to the other side, either way. But I know from pictures he has red skin, pointy tail, horns, carries a pitchfork… usually has pretty big eyebrows.”

Audrey put her hand over his wrists, stopped his polishing. “No, Jack,” she said. “The devil is far too smart to look like that. Everyone loves the devil, until they know him. Until they see him for what he really is.”

They regarded each other.

“Does this mean we can’t be friends?” he joked. “Bet you never thought you’d have first period English with the devil.”

“No,” she said. “I never did.”

“By your description,” Jack said, his smile fading. “The devil was in Miss Drake’s class. But it wasn’t me.”

“Jack,” Audrey said, giving up. “I want to go home. Can I go home, please?”

“Soon,” he said, tossing the knife in the sink, turning around, and leaning up against it. “You have to do something for me first. Don’t worry. I don’t think you’ll have a problem with it. I hope not, anyway.”

Audrey narrowed her eyes. She wasn’t afraid. After tonight, she didn’t know if she had any fear left in her. “What?” she asked.

“In order for you to understand the ‘what,’” he said. “You first have to understand who I really am. Completely—or at least as much as I understand, myself. Time is short, so pay attention.”

Audrey listened.

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  1. Great end of the trilogy. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Feb 2015

    Damanda's third installment in The Devil in Miss Drake's Class trilogy does not disappoint. It keeps the suspense up all the way through until a very gratifying ending!


  2. AWESOME ENDING!!!, 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 24th Jan 2015


    What I Loved:
    Wow this was a crazy way to end an equally crazy series but I mean that in an awesome way. There was so much going on and I have been waiting to see how all of this craziness was going to end. Of course since I just love Audrey so much my heart was at time breaking for her, while other times I was exhilarated for her.

    This installment was just a rollercoaster of crazy and creepy all rolled into one. I swear at certain points I was squirming in my seat while reading, but I loved every minute of it. It’s weird because you ultimately kind of know how this is going to end but that still didn’t prepare me everything that happened. I’m pretty sure I had to pick my jaw up off the ground at certain points. I couldn’t put this story down until the very end and I was certainly not disappointed in the least.

    Not So Much:
    Wow this was a crazy way to end an equally crazy series but I mean that in an awesome way. There was so much going on and I have been waiting to see how all of this craziness was going to end. Of course since I just love Audrey so much my heart was at time breaking for her, while other times I was exhilarated for her.

    This installment was just a rollercoaster of crazy and creepy all rolled into one. I swear at certain points I was squirming in my seat while reading, but I loved every minute of it. It’s weird because you ultimately kind of know how this is going to end but that still didn’t prepare me everything that happened. I’m pretty sure I had to pick my jaw up off the ground at certain points. I couldn’t put this story down until the very end and I was certainly not disappointed in the least.


  3. Loved every moment of this book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Jan 2015

    You need a little page turner right now? Well one=click this book! It will have you up all night reading. It will keep you on the edge of your seat or bed. Loved every moment of this book! Now I have to go get the other 2 and read them. This author knows how to keep your attention!

    *Received for an honest review*


  4. Evil lurkes 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jan 2015

    The truth about human nature. What people can really be like. Teenage angst in raw form all mixed with pure terror. A very sweet dessert for horror lovers.


  5. I wouldn't have been happy! But she really developed into a strong 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th Jan 2015

    The Devil at play was a deeply satisfying end to the Audrey Bales saga. For me, the most enjoyable part was seeing Audrey's progress as a character. If she had been weak at the end, I wouldn't have been happy! But she really developed into a strong, but kind person. This book was more gory than the first two books but it was all in context so it worked! I liked how the story panned out and think it was a fantastic exploration of dark subject matter. Damanda does a brilliant job at nailing personalities .. good ones, bad ones, and the many nuances and quirks in between. An excellent read!


  6. Very satisfying! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Jan 2015

    The Devil at play was a deeply satisfying end to the Audrey Bales saga. For me, the most enjoyable part was seeing Audrey's progress as a character. If she had been weak at the end, I wouldn't have been happy! But she really developed into a strong, but kind person. This book was more gory than the first two books but it was all in context so it worked! I liked how the story panned out and think it was a fantastic exploration of dark subject matter. Damanda does a brilliant job at nailing personalities .. good ones, bad ones, and the many nuances and quirks in between. An excellent read!


  7. Loved the Trilogy! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Jan 2015

    I really enjoyed the entire trilogy. Normally, multiple POVs turn me off but Audrey's journey from book one to book three was very well written, as was the truth of Jack and all the other players (don't want to spoiler too much). I found Audrey's story gripping--couldn't stop reading, and read each book in one sitting.

    I would recommend this book to friends, as well as to readers who like a dose of supernatural with gripping reality.


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