Freakin Fridays #50 ~ The Devil’s Only Friend

Posted: May 5, 2017 in audible, Freakin Friday, horror, reviews
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Welcome to Freaking Fridays, where I share my reviews of books that scare you, thrill you, and get those endorphins pumping.

I’ve got another one to share from the John Cleaver Series by Dan Wells. 




My Review

Spoiler alert: If you haven’t read the early stories, this review may contain spoilers.

John’s only seventeen and lost everyone important in his life. With no where to turn he joins a covert team that hunts the monsters that go bump in the night.

It’s a whole new ball game, maybe. Hunting monsters isn’t new. John’s still battling his dark side.  But the team he’s joined isn’t much better than the monsters. The twisted lengths he goes through to not kill are so very macabre.

I’m so glad the author kept John on course. Kept him scary. It’s his constant struggle not to give in and go on a killing spree that keeps the story taut and edgy.

Egads. Just when I thought this series couldn’t get any better, that Dan Wells couldn’t take it further into the out of, I’m proven wrong. This is a chilling read and makes you squirm. I loved every bit of it and smiled in ghoulish glee.

Way to go, Dan. Keep em coming. And please, keep making me squirm.

  5 Stars

Narrator Kirby Heyborne

I’m so glad Kirby is still narrating this series. I’ve gotten used to his voice and his ability to give the character’s distinctive and easy to recognize voices makes him a favorite of mine.


Thanks so much to Tantor Audio and the author for this complimentary copy.

My review is voluntarily given.



John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they’ve killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he’s always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can…

…but the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war.

John doesn’t want the life he’s stuck with. He doesn’t want the FBI bossing him around, he doesn’t want his only friend imprisoned in a mental ward, and he doesn’t want to face the terrifying cannibal who calls himself The Hunter. John doesn’t want to kill people. But as the song says, you can’t always get what you want. John has learned that the hard way; his clothes have the stains to prove it.

When John again faces evil, he’ll know what he has to do.
The Devil’s Only Friend is the first book in a brand-new John Wayne Cleaver trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells.

Amazon / Tantor


I’ve listened to and reviewed I Am Not A Serial Killer, the first in the John Cleaver series and the second story, Mr. Monster, plus I Don’t Want To KIll You, the third book.



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  1. I really need this series. :)

  2. I think I have some, may have read one. Will need to check.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  3. jennifer@badbirdreads says:

    I love a good chilling read. I might just try it.

    • fuonlyknew says:

      The series was supposed to end after the third book, but the author added another trilogy to it with an awesome twist.

  4. I didn’t read because of spoilers, but I will be checking this author out. :)

    • fuonlyknew says:

      Just being the fourth book makes it hard to talk about without providing spoilers. Even the blurb will give some away. Bloody good series!