The Devourer

A Novel by Chris Chelser

Review stars 5

“A masterful psychological horror novel.”
– Circle of Books

Review stars 5

"A paranormal flair that is guaranteed to entice you from beginning to end!”
– RedheadBookLover

Paris, 1858. Mercedes Fabron, pragmatic wife and childless mother, has her hands full running her husband’s fashion shop and navigating social etiquette. All of which would be considerably easier without uninvited ghosts haunting her night and day.

Out in the streets, people are dying of an undetermined cause. The newspapers speak of an unknown disease, the police speak of accidents. But when a dead man is found in her stairwell, Mercedes has every reason to suspect something much more sinister. Only the ghosts know the truth, but they are too afraid to tell. In fact, they are scared to death…


“The psychological horror grabbed me and made me think about several issues: forgiveness, suicide, honor, guilt, love, hate, letting go, self-loathing and self-forgiveness.”
– Circle of Books


“The compelling plot captivated me from the very beginning, thanks to the well-written nature but also the incredible, fascinating characters the reader comes across. The characters are simply wonderful and very unique!”
– RedheadBookLover

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On Amazon:

“It was a terrific read: thrilling, moving and rendering a view into the afterlife. I highly recommend it!”

“A marriage of broken dreams, a grieving mother, a murder and a glimpse into a world of which the citizens of Paris were mostly unaware. Nobody and nothing is as it seemed, and Chelser lead me to pity a monster and feel compassion for a beast.”

On Goodreads:

“The way Chelser describes the inhabtants of the spiritual world, the ghosts and other wandering souls, is different from anything I’ve read before.” – Karen