Author: Ania Ahlborn
Published: June 1, 2011
Rating: 4 Birds
Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head… and smiles.
But this time, he isn’t the only one who sees the soulless eyes of his past. This time, his six-year-old daughter Charlie leans into his ear and whispers: Daddy, I saw it too.
And then she begins to change…(read more on Goodreads)
Creepy. Heart wrenching. Disturbing. Chilling.
The best way to make a scary story, ever more frightening? Add children. Being a mother of a 7 year old and a 2 year old, reading this caused my mind to wander to the thought of “what if this were my family?”. This drove the nail home on the freaky factor, let me tell you. Because if I’m being honest, I believe in the evil, vile things that go bump in the night.
We have a well built cast of characters in Seed. Backstories are fluid, uncomplicated and to the point. Jack Winter’s tale is told, in a series of staggering steps through out, only giving you just enough information to get your mind working. Wondering about that next tid bit you might be tossed soon.
The plot is non-stop. You’re never in the midst of a dull drop that feels like filler. Always something relevant happening.
The ending is blunt, gory and terrifying. The kind of ending that you can only have in a horror book. In any other genre this ending would leave you angry, irritated and demanding a rewrite.
In the end I’m giving it 4 birds because it did what it was created to do – it scared me, had me looking over my shoulder in the dark and left me thinking. However, I wanted more and more to the point I think that there could have been more. Not at the end, the ending is perfect. In fact I’ve been casting the movie version in my head all day – but inside. Thing may have been uncomplicated, yes but maybe the in-laws could have shaken things up a bit more or – I don’t know…I just felt like a little more could have been there.
All in all, Seed is a great stand alone debut novel. Well done Ania.
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