Breed by Chase Novak

Alex and Leslie Twisden told each other they would do anything to have children. The price didn’t matter. 17162840But the experimental procedure they found had costs they couldn’t foresee.

Adam and Alice Twisden’s lives seem perfectly normal. Except that, every night, without fail, their parents lock them into their rooms.

And the twins know that the sounds they can hear are not just their imagination. They’re real. And they’re getting louder…

From a new name in horror, Breed is a stunning thriller in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby, brilliantly written, daring, and unforgettable. –

Chase Novak is a pseudonym for Scott Spencer and I’m totally giving away my age here, but I read Spencer’s book, Endless Love, in high school.  Obviously, this is nothing like Endless Love.

This book was just okay for me.  I initially liked Alex and Leslie and sympathized with them in their quest to have children, but as the story progressed, for reasons I can’t state without giving anything away, I disconnected with them and really didn’t have much to grab onto after that.  After the first few chapters, the story flashed forward ten years, when twins Adam and Alice are introduced and it seemed abrupt to me to be dropped in the middle of their young lives.  Given their circumstances, I really would have liked some background on what happened during those ten years.  It felt like a chunk of the story was missing.

The story was fast-paced until the end, then it seemed to drag on a bit and was a little predictable.  Be warned, Breed isn’t for the faint of heart and parts of this book are just plain repulsive and disgusting, but for some reason, I still felt compelled to finish it.  The sequel, Brood, is out now, but will I read it?  I’m undecided.

I think Breed had the potential to be more, but some elements just didn’t seem to click or were missing. This is a book I’d only recommend to true horror fans.  This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher through NetGalley.


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