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.Published by Simon and Schuster on September 29th 2015
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...
Genres: Horror, Speculative Fiction
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Ever get to the end of a book and think… the hell did I just read?
That was me at the end of Brother. And not in a bad “the hell did I just read?” way, but more in a way that’s got me questioning whether this particular style of horror novel is for me.
Brother is an excellently written book, and Ahlborn is a master of getting inside the heads of characters, even the ones whose heads you don’t particularly want to look into. She made Michael, the lonely, screwed up protagonist, a deeply sympathetic character even as he participates in absolutely horrible things. She’s also excellent at setting scenes; I had no trouble falling right into the story and visualizing everything (everything, especially the really unpleasant stuff) perfectly.
The end has a masterful twist that left me even more horrified than I already was, and while I suspected part of the twist, the last piece blindsided me.
Brother is an excellent piece of psychological horror, and if you’re a fan of the genre, you will love this book. Me? I found myself getting panicky at one point while reading. Not sure it’s the book for me, but it’s well-written and disturbing as hell.
Potential triggers: View Spoiler » Extreme violence, child abuse, sexual violence, incest, sexual assault… This isn’t a pleasant book, and if you’re a very sensitive reader, you’ll want to skip it. « Hide Spoiler