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. 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 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 truly are.
Together they must find a way to stop these creatures before they, and their loved ones, become the next victims.
The Donors by Jeffrey Wilson
Paperback : 248 pages
Publisher: JournalStone (June 29, 2012)
Donors begins when Nathan is taken to the hospital after being left in the care of his mother’s boyfriend. With a broken arm and some very serious burns, things aren’t looking so good for young Nathan. When the horribly intense dreams begin, he learns that he isn’t alone in the battle against the boogeymen in the dreams. Nathan’s new friends, his doctor, and nurse become twisted up in a gripping fight of good vs evil of the worst kind.
I’ll be honest; when I first read the summary for The Donors, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was intrigued by the skin-harvesting, demonic creatures and the idea they feed on fear and hatred. The second thoughts I was having were centered around the abuse of Nathan. I just hate creeps and abuse is something I really don’t enjoy reading about that much. Let’s just say that Nathan being abused in such a way was absolutely necessary to the plot and without that situation there would be no story. Wilson did a phenomenal job of balancing the emotion of the abuse with the horror that follows.
The setting was intense and familiar until the lizard men showed up. I really enjoyed the intensity of pain the lizard men inflicted upon Steve. Man, he deserved every bit of it! Wilson definitely made the scenes leap from the pages and sent chills down my spine. I haven’t had a horror novel do that in a long while. Even though Steve is my least favorite of all the characters, I still felt bad for him, given the way the lizard guys tortured him.
The Donors is a hauntingly good read that will keep you up at night or at least make you think twice about being bad in any way. The descriptions of Steve’s torture are by far the most intense and horrific I’ve read in months. I highly recommend The Donors to readers looking to to take a walk on the wild side.