From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a brand-new novel of terror that follows a teenager determined to break from his family’s unconventional—and deeply disturbing—traditions.
Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.
But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
‘Tis a freakshow, folks!
I love horror, and specifically I love the type of horror that skirts the paranormal in search of the most depraved and twisted in humanity. Human monsters are the scariest kind, IMO, and Ania Ahlborn has the ability to keep you up at night in fear of these monsters.
If you like books where you never know what to expect around every corner, where the things that go bump in the night could very well be your neighbours, and where you are afraid to close your eyes when you’ve finished reading, then you have come to the right place.
This book is terrifying. The characters are believable (which makes them scarier) the dialogue is well written and the author explains just enough to keep you hooked, without interfering with the current story. If you can’t handle some frights and chills though, I’d recommend you stay away from this book.
If, however, you like having the wits scared out of you and enjoy a good old story of psychotic, twisted family values, this is one you don’t want to pass up.
Recommended for horror freaks:)
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.