This is the first book I’ve read by Ania Ahlborn…and I am hooked! Don’t you just love the feeling of falling in love with a new author so that you can read all of their books knowing that chances are, you will probably enjoy them?
In her book Brother, Michael is an “adopted” son of the very strange Morrow family in rural West Virginia. Taken from the side of the road at a very young age, Michael finds himself part of a new family with a tyrannical brother named Rebel and two doting sisters, Lauralynn and Misty Dawn. The family’s old farmhouse is miles away from the highway so it is easy for the long side roads and driveway to the house to truly be a one-way street for women picked up from the side of the road. And despite the petty crimes the two sons pull off throughout the year, the Morrow family keeps a low profile. Which is why missing women are never found, and evidence of their last painful moments on earth are never tracked back to this gruesome family.
From the time he was brought into the fold, Michael had been tasked with some grisly responsibilities. He always knew that something was wrong with what he was doing but the threat of being abandoned by his isolative adoptive family keeps him in line. When his brother takes him to a record store and introduces him to beautiful Alice, he tentatively hopes that maybe – just maybe – there is a life outside of the Morrow’s property where he can start over and forget about the gruesome crimes he helped commit.
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that the book was filled with plot twists that kept me turning pages well beyond the time when I should have been in bed. And they weren’t just plot twists written for the sake of having plot twists – they were part of an intelligent and wonderfully crafted story.
Ania’s writing style is perfect for me. There is just the right amount of detail so that you get the picture without slowing down the pace. Some scenes gave me goosebumps. I will admit – some of the details are pretty gruesome, so this should satisfy a horror fan. The oscillation between hope and despair throughout the book left me wanting to know more, making it hard to put down when I had to sleep or leave for work. All in all, the details, chain of events and character dialogue made me shiver and left me eager to read her other books.
I recommend any horror fan to give Ania Ahlborn a try!