Brother by Ania Ahlborn {Beth’s Review}

Posted 27 January, 2016 by Beth / 2 Comments

Brother by Ania Ahlborn {Beth’s Review}Brother by Ania Ahlborn
Genres: Horror, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 322
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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…

Some stories never have happy endings.

Thoughts on Brother

If you are under 18, don’t read this book. If this were a movie, it would be rated higher than R. I would hope so at least. This is not a book for queasy people; this is not a book for people that get frightened by the most taboo topics; this book is not for people that want a happy ending.

But if you are okay with books that go into a lot of detail about the most gruesome things imaginable, boy do I have a book for you. I didn’t know what I was expecting with this book. I knew it was going to be something I’ve never read before by the first sentence, but even I was stunned by what I was reading.

The thing that really gets me about this book is some things upset me so much that I needed to set the book down and just take a breather, but I just couldn’t. I was completely transfixed by this book. From the first to the last page.

This book will stick with me for a long time, probably most of the time in nightmares but I will not soon forget everything else about this book. As I was reading it, I kept repeating to myself “we really don’t get to choose which life we have.”

I didn’t personally choose to live in a one parent household. I didn’t personally choose to be a little over 5′ tall. I didn’t choose to live in a country where Kinder eggs are illegal. But that’s the life I was given. So why wasn’t someone else given this life and I wasn’t given a life like the Kardashians? Or like the homeless man that used to hang out outside of Ford Field before ever Detroit Lions game.

The main character of this book is a boy that is in a family of serial killers. He didn’t choose his family but that’s what he was given. He hates it, but he can’t do much about it. And I felt really horrible for him. I think we, as readers, are supposed to pity the main character. Even when he does unthinkable things, we know what goes on inside his head. That is the part that really gets to me while reading this book.

So if you’re ready for a book that will gross you out, will scare you, but will really make you think about life and the wheel of (mis)fortune that it may or may not be, I do really recommend this to you. But please, do not take it lightly what I am saying. I would hate for someone to read this thinking that I’m exaggerating and be really uncomfortable with it.

Read this with your lights on and the doors locked. But jump right in. It’ll be a wild ride.



Filed under: ESR: 8, Horror, Review: Beth, Suspense,


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