Length: 10 hours and 31 minutes
Published by Dell Pages: 378
Narrator: Paul Woodson
Alternate cover edition for this ISBN can be found here.
One hundred years ago in Port Arbello a pretty little girl began to scream. And struggle. And die. No one heard. No one saw. Just one man whose guilty heart burst in pain as he dashed himself to death in the sea. Now something peculiar is happening in Port Arbello. The children are disappearing, one by one. An evil history is repeating itself. And one strange, terrified child has ended her silence with a scream that began a hundred years ago.
Barb and I had a lot of fun with this retro read project! I read some good ones and some duds but it was fun nonetheless! So we are going to continue on in 2021!! Go see what she read because from what I heard it was a doozy! 🙂 Check out Booker T’s Review!
*This book was read before 2021 so I will not be using my new rating system yet!
Here is what I thought
Suffer the Children came out in 1977 and was either John Sauls first book or very close to it. It was interesting I will give it that…lol.
Something happened a hundred years ago and what began with a scream ended in a curse on the Conger family. Fast Forward to the 1970’s and the newest Congers have moved into the family home. Jack and Rose have two girls, Elizabeth who is thirteen and very pretty and Sarah who is eleven who has been mute and disturbed for a little over a year because she suffered abuse from her father in the woods although he doesn’t remember anything about what happened that day.
Children start to go missing and most of them have been seen around the Congers place but nobody can tie anything into them specifically. Elizabeth in particular has been seen with the children not long before they go missing but would suspect a young pretty girl of doing anything gruesome. Especially when Sarah is the mute and very strange one who is known to just start screaming for no real reason at times. As more kids go missing we see just how very disturb one child can be!
So this was kind of a disturbing read because it involves a creepy child doing very bad things to other kids and the adults have no clue what is going on. There is a curse on the Conger land and either that has seeped into the child or some was just really one messed up girl. I don’t think you are really meant to like any of the characters in this from adults to children, although I did like the policeman trying to figure things out.
I don’t normally put triggers warnings in my reviews but I do think I need to say that if you don’t want to read about children on children violence, especially really nasty murder scenes, then don’t pick this one up. It’s very disturbing. It also has animal killing too. Overall, just a very disturbing book for an authors first book.
Paul Woodson did a pretty decent job on this one. I think I would have hated to have to read this outloud!