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We have a young boy named Ryan who is forced to move due to his father's death. Leaving him living with his mother and grandmother. But it isn't long until things goes awry. He starts to see things. Little does Ryan or his family know, but there has been a murder recently, and this may just be connected to the things that Ryan has been witnessing. His mother jumps to conclusions and worries her boy is not coping with his father's death. She instantly begins to fret for his sanity, so takes him to a doctor. But when nothing is wrong with the boy, she is stumped and even more anxious. That is, until her mother, Ryan's grandmother, reveals the truth about Ryan's past, something his own mother wasn't aware of.
It is terrifying, but addictive. We are harassed by dismay and anarchy but powerless to stop reading! With enough plot twists and turns to make you dizzy. We are consumed by one problem then are completely blind-sided by a fresh new issue. Needless to say you won't get bored for a single page!
It has a movie-like quality with the descriptions and characters taking us on a journey padded with pandemonium. It's flawlessly frightful.
Anthony holds nothing back. An unrated, explicit and cut-throat account of a terrific story.
Crystal clear descriptions only adds to the many layers of 'Birth Offering'. We have a vivid image in our minds the entire time, setting the scene before the mayhem begins. South Carolina baring witness to the supernatural elements and frightful chaos.
We swim through a pool of apprehension. You'll be cursing your way through in response to the ghastly demise of characters and unforeseen jumpy bits! It will chill you all the way to your bone's marrow with fright that would give horror movies competition. If you're really looking for a thrill, read at night!
Anthony even manages to squeeze empathy into the mix. We empathize with characters and feel their emotional burdens all the while petrified for their well-being. Clearly a great deal of research has been done in themes and issues within the book. I found the visits to the doctors to be very realistic. Sometimes fiction, even when detailing a very real situation such as a trip to the hospital, can get too far-fetched. But the conversing between the doctor's and Ryan, as well as his mother, was very believable. The questions asked by the medical professionals even took me back to my own personal experiences in hospital and being asked the same kind of questions.
Well written, a literary lunacy of macabre with his undeniably distinctive style. This is definitely not a one-time read, this is one for the permanent collection. You'll happily go back again and again to experience the madness.
Let's not forget the epic ending! Chaos reigns as everything spirals out of control brilliantly. Just towards the finale we are shot by an entourage of new information making the breathless suspense almost too much to handle.
Anthony has struck struck horror gold with this one! A superb author through and through, giving us a genuinely entertaining story, all the while scaring the wits from us. In my opinion, a five star read that hits all the spots for a horror enthusiast, as well as dedicated bookworms who love sensational reads. Easily, without a doubt, one of the best horror books out this year!
Ryan lived with his adopted mother and father until Ryan's dad dies. Then to help his mother cope with the loss she decides to take her son and move in with her mother.
When they arrive at Ryan's grandma's house he starts to see a ghost that looks just like him. When he has sightings or interactions with this twin he ends up getting very hurt to the point where he's in the hospital. He also sees 2 boys around that seem wild. He notices that they have claws/talons and have animal like posture and speed. He tells his mom about what he saw but she doesn't believe him.
The doctor that ends up treating Ryan may have an idea as to his strange visions.The doctor's mother was on of the women who delivered Ryan and his twin. She thought the birth mother was crazy because she said one of the baby's was evil and trying to eat her baby. As it turns out the birth mother wasn't crazy. The first baby was born with no umbilical cord and talons instead of hands. Ryan was born immediately afterwards and the demon baby took a swipe at Ryan and severely injured him. They took Ryan away and when they came back the demon baby was eating the birth mother. The women who delivered the babies then killed the demon baby.
What Ryan is seeing is the ghost of his demon twin and the wild boys he's seen are obviously demons too. Are they after him? is Ryan and his family safe?.....
I liked the story overall. The story line was very interesting (good interesting). The characters were easy to like or dislike (depending on the character) but there wasn't much depth to any of the characters. You didn't feel like you knew or really cared for any of them. I was also expecting this book to be a page turner but for me it wasn't. I enjoy when the end of a chapters makes me want to know what happens next. With this book the ending of the chapters didn't tempt me to keep reading.
Also I have no clue what the Twelve:Seven-eight means on the shirt that Lund (a cop) gives Ryan??? can someone please enlighten me?
Ryan Perry is devastated when his dad dies suddenly. Still grieving, he reacts badly when his mother moves them both back to her hometown in South Carolina. As Ryan struggles to get back on an even footing, he finds he is being stalked. Who is following him? How does this tie in with a series of gruesome murders? As Ryan meets the school teacher Arthur and determined Agent Lund, his nightmare intensifies.
Anthony Hains gives us a supernatural thriller in the vein of Lois Duncan. There are shocks and twists galore, but the characters and engaging style make this a novel of character as well as a horror story. Readers will care what happens to Ryan. He is very much a boy of his age and times, and his actions and reactions ring true. Agent Lund gets less screen time but he, too, is an intriguing character.
For my money, though, Max takes the cake as a thoroughly unsettling portrait of a little boy who hero-worships his brother and shows an unbounded enthusiasm for life. In most stories he would be the irritating but loved kid sidekick. In Birth Offering he is the perfect portrait of a happy little sociopath. As Ryan reflects on demons and other horrors he muses...
Right now, one is holding my hand like I'm some kind of big brother.
Yes Max is a triumph of character. I have never read of anyone quite like him. To make things more unsettling still, he likes Ryan.
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I recommend Birth Offering to YA readers who like some style and substance with their horror, and to any reader who enjoys a rattling good story with plot points neatly (but never obviously) dovetailed and the motivations shining through the gore.
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