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… – Goodreads.com
If any of you believe your family wins the dysfunctional crown, I invite you to meet the Morrows and reconsider your situation. This is the second book I’ve read by Ania Ahlborn and she has earned a permanent place on my list of favorite horror authors.
Ms. Ahlborn reveals through alternating past and present chapters how Michael came to be in his hellish situation and establishes the twisted family dynamics. Although my suspicions about where this book might be headed were confirmed, the final reveal was no less disturbing, unsettling and masterful. I’d love to say more about this book, but don’t want to wander into spoiler territory.
Brother is an extremely dark, gruesome, and emotional read, so be warned, but I couldn’t tear myself away from it. I strongly recommend this for horror/psychological thriller fans.
This book is scheduled for publication September 29, 2015. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.