I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Brother by Ania Ahlborn
Published by Gallery Books on September 29, 2015
Narrator: Paul Boehmer
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Also by this author: The Devil Crept In
From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a terrifying novel 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…
Here is what I thought
When a book starts out with a woman screaming you know there has to be something interesting among the pages.
This is a story about an extremely messed up family living in the mountains in West Virginia and they are really your stereotypical backwoods scary family. The story is told from Michaels point of view with the occasional flashbacks into their childhood.
You find out real quick that Michael was stolen from his family as a young kid and raised in this very strange family. He has come to think of Ray and Misty as his siblings because he doesn’t really know any different. Ray is the oldest (though we do learn about an older female sibling that is no longer there) and Ray is really messed up and you find out through the flashback why he hates Michael.
Their mamma has a thing for doing not so nice things to females and it’s Ray and Michaels job to go find her a victim and if they don’t do it then Misty always ends up hurt.
Ray invites Michael to go with him to town which surprises Michael and they end up at this store where Ray has a lady friend and leaves Michael out front on his own with the other lady who is in the store. Michael has no idea how to talk to a woman because he hasn’t been exposed to anyone but his momma and sister. What is he going to talk about, oh hey my family just likes to kill women, yeah I am sure that would go over. 🙂
I don’t want to say a whole lot more but there is a build up to why Ray wants Michael to come to the store with him and it leads to the ending that is kind of a your basic horror ending. You finish it and you set there staring at your book going did that really just happen and then you have to think and decide if it was a good ending or not…lol.
As messed up as this family was they were really interesting characters. I must say I really liked Michael and felt really bad for him because he was taken, then put through all the crazy and nasty stuff he had to do being with these people. Ray hated him so much and was so bad. The author makes you almost feel a bit sorry for Ray, but then you decide nope he needs to die! Misty really didn’t have a lot of character development because she was more of a background character but you couldn’t help but feel really sorry for her being in that situation.
I know I keep saying it but this was one crazy messed up family but I kind of enjoyed reading about them! It was a pretty fast paced read and if you like horror give it a try!
I don’t know why I waited so long to give this a try! This is part of my Netgalley pile of shame since it came out in 2015! 🙁
I decided to listen to this and follow along at times in the ebook. This was my first time listening to Paul Boehmer and he was okay.