Author: Ania Ahlborn
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication Date: September 29, 2015
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…
You think you have a dysfunctional family? Pfft. Why don’t you meet the Morrow family, then you’ll see the epitome of dysfunction. Unless, of course, you come from a family of serial killers too.
When I went into Brother, I fully expected something a little cheesy. I was prepared for a laughable, eye-rolling induced read. Is that what I got? Hell freaking no! Listen, I love horror books, movies, everything. I mean, I was sneaking horror movies when I was little and reading Stephen King when I was in elementary school, so really, there isn’t much that fazes me. So when I say that Brother impressed me, I truly mean it.
The author did an outstanding job with the characters and laying the story out the way she does. It isn’t just random crap for shock value. There’s an actual plot that is very well done. I was completely captivated and flipping through the pages as fast as I could. There came a point where I started to see where it was all heading, and it made me so anxious! It’s seriously effed up, and I loved every single second of it!
This family is beyond disturbing, and I was utterly fascinated by them. It’s absolutely brilliant how the author brings forth a tiny twinge of sympathy from the understanding of how certain characters became what they are and had to endure. Not likable or anything, just an understanding.
I’m telling you, Brother is dark, disturbing, and Twisted with a capital T. It is for sure, one of the best horror books I’ve read, and I’ve read a lot. This is without a doubt a top read for me this year.