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5.0 out of 5 stars The root of evil, May 30, 2011
This review is from: Seed (Kindle Edition)
"Seed," is an instant classic full of traditional elements brilliantly woven into something completely new by the author's clean, crisp prose, creepy imagination and too-real dialogues. In the story, Jack Winter is a husband and father of two struggling for money. After a glimpse of something strange crossing in front of his car one night leads to a car accident with his whole family in the vehicle, things in the Winter household take a turn for the worse.

Jack's six year old daughter, Charlie, is the smallest of the Winter's. After the accident, she suddenly develops an attitude problem and has problems sleeping. As things start to go south with Charlie, Ahlborn teasingly unveils Jack's past. The result is a gripping, spine-chilling story told against the background of the Deep South. While using a child to tell a horror story is not new (think "The Omen," "The Exorcist," "Poltergeist," etc.), little Charlie gains the reader's sympathy even through her darkest moments. Also, by having a second child in the picture, Charlie's ten year-old sister, Abby, we have more than one point of view of what's going on. A particularly gruesome scene with the family dog is the perfect example of how a six year old can be the scariest thing in the world.

With the Southern Gothic Georgia and Louisiana as the background to the story, "Seed" scares the reader based on verisimilitude: one gets the sense that stories like this happen in Louisiana every once in a while. Ahlborn developed very strong, believable characters we've all met at some point.

While the story is very solid, enthralling and moves at the perfect pace, the end of the story is what truly sets this novel apart from anything else out there and the reason why you should get "Seed" as soon as it hits the market on June 1. The tremendous buildup might lead readers to expect a classic, Hollywood resolution. Instead, Ahlborn has crafted an ending that cuts through your expectations like a scalpel and leaves you thinking about it way after the last word. The visceral, violent ending is a testament to Ahlborn's talent and an invitation to expect more great books from her.
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Initial post: Feb 5, 2012 9:20:42 AM PST
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Rich Whitman says:
I couldn't agree with this review more. It scared the pants off of me. Loved the book's pacing and the thrills along the way. The book is a gory delight for horror fans and recalls the classics from a time long past. Great read. I'm also currently into another horror writer named Drusilla Winters. Loving her second book, Long, Cold Winter (Moment of Death), and the first one Flight 666 (Moment of Death) was truly a delight, as much as this book, Seed was. Looking for more horror writers I could really get into, as the old mainstays have lost some of their edge.

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Posted on Oct 19, 2012 5:53:37 PM PDT
TY says:
Great review! After finishing Poisoned Soil (also set in Georgia) I can't wait to read this! Downloading now.
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