Guest Post: Breed Review
For Halloween Week, I wanted to have some more posts than usual, so I asked my friend Antonia to help me out. Here is her review on the adult horror novel Breed, which I think could also appeal to young adults, as long as you can handle the gory murder scenes. Do me a favour and follow Antonia on Twitter if you think you’ll enjoy her tweets, and she also has a Goodreads if you want to follow her bookish updates.
by Chase Novak
Genre: adult fiction, horror, thriller, mystery
Publication date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Mulholland Books
SYNOPSIS: Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don’t have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire… but with awful consequences.
Ten years later, cosseted and adored but living in a house of secrets, the twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked into their rooms every night, with sounds coming from their parents’ bedroom getting progressively louder, more violent, and more disturbing.
Driven to a desperate search for answers, Adam and Alice set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the man and woman who raised them. Their discovery will upend everything they thought they knew about their parents and will reveal a threat so horrible that it must be escaped, at any cost.
‘Breed’ brings horror in your home.
This is one of the creepiest, weirdest and most special books I’ve ever read. The story begins with Alex Twisden and Leslie Kramer, an infertile young couple, who are very much in love with each other but their efforts concerning offspring are nothing more than fruitful. They hear about a successful doctor in Slovenia and decide to take a chance… But fertility, just like life itself, is a like a chess game. You make a move and sometimes it’s victorious, other times you just lose.
First of all, this book was horrific, really scary. The way the author describes the scenery of the house (in which tremendous things take place) catches your breath and prevents you from breathing normally. The plot was magnificent, so many twists and kept me at ease until its last page.
This book really is about how true monsters, scarier than bloody vampires or tough werewolves (so common in today’s fiction), can live among us and inside us. People tend to get stuck in particular ideas and forget that, sometimes, the consequences of these ideas can prove to be fatal for them and their families. That each and every one of us can stick to his/her lifelong dream, but we must always keep in mind what this dream may mean to the people around us and to ourselves when life will have transformed us, because time has this ability of changing angelic people into monsters.
Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars, because it was a particularly enjoyable read. It was fresh, original, nothing like I read in the past. I strongly recommend it to people who love horror books and are at ease with graphic murder scenes and spooky environments. ‘Breed’ will not disappoint you, you’ll find yourself turning the pages late at night. A book with amazing life-lessons. So, yes, go read it as soon as possible.
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5/5 stars)
“What happens when you can’t trust the adults who are raising you?”
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