Ever get to the end of a book and think… the hell did I just read?
That was me at the end ofÂ 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