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About the Author
- ASIN : B00P42WZBG
- Publisher : Gallery Books (September 29, 2015)
- Publication date : September 29, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 4747 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #81,807 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing is simple and concise enough to fade into the background and allow the reader to fully immerse him/herself in a story that's gripping from beginning to end, both during scenes of truly horrific violence and during introspective interludes. But it's the psychology behind the story that really makes it shine. You will find yourself experiencing a lot of conflicting emotions as you struggle to reconcile the different sides of characters whose motivations are not always immediately clear (to the reader and sometimes even to themselves).
Upon finishing this book, I found myself thinking about two of history's great thinkers. Tolstoy observed that all happy families are alike but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own unique way. Nowhere is that more explicitly on display than in the relationships between the family members in this book. What's particularly horrifying is that, though the acts of violence depicted are likely alien to the vast majority of readers, I suspect many of us see hints of our own familial dysfunction beneath the surface of these characters. The idea that characters whose acts are so monstrous bear any similarity to ourselves and our own families is terrifying, and that terror is at the heart of what makes this book so stunning and, indeed, haunting. You'll likely find these characters keep creeping back into your thoughts from time to time long after you've finished reading it.
And then there's Aristotle, who told us that the endings of stories should seem simultaneously surprising and inevitable. And, moving on to a discussion of plot (as opposed to character), that's certainly what we find here. I won't spoil anything, but I will say that I was genuinely surprised by some of this book's turns, and often felt that they were SO inevitable that I should have seen them coming. That I didn't is a testament to the book's ability to pull the reader in. The author seems to have a magician's skill at misdirection, and the reader always feels on shaky ground when it comes to predicting the book's outcome. Admittedly, I got about a chapter ahead of the author on just a few of the twists and turns, but I was nevertheless both surprised and satisfied by most of the plot.
I'll be the first to acknowledge that this isn't the book for everyone. Those of us who prefer "quieter" (or at least less bloody and extreme) horror could easily feel overwhelmed by some of the things that happen in this book, even if the focus is more on character than on the acts of violence themselves. That having been said, if you have the stomach for the more extreme scenes, you owe it to yourself to read this book.
Well, this was the last straw.
I agree with the reviews that say the book was dark, disturbing, gory, and brutal, but those aspects aren't what bother me. I don't mind darkness or gore, and brutality can be effective when crafted with a purpose. But by the end of the story, I was left wondering why I even read it. There was very little to the story other than the brutality and darkness; there was no commentary, no deeper meaning. In many places it seemed like it was just gore for gore's sake, shocking reveals that are meant to turn your stomach but just kind of left me numb.
The characters were interesting, to an extent; they were better developed than in other horror novels I've read, but I wanted more. Momma and Wade were left pretty two-dimensional, and at times I even had a hard time understanding Michael's motivations. Reb/Ray was by far the deepest, but the way Albhorn kept changing his name randomly (she did this in Within These Walls, too) was odd and off-putting. And at the climactic scene Ray's self-awareness was hard for me to swallow, given that up to that point he'd pretty much been a psychopath.
Maybe I'm looking too hard for something that isn't there, but the book just left me wanting more. The fact that Goodreads suggested a vegan cookbook on the same page as Brother was telling -- you need to cleanse your mental palate after reading this book.
Welcome to the Appalachian town of Dahlia, West Virginia. Now that we know what this town's name is, and what state it is in.....i want to make sure i NEVER go to West Virginia! I know, this is probably a fictionalized and not ever real place, however it always seems that every cannibal, or 'Wrong Turn', or Hills Have Eyes type of story or film, always take place in W. Virginia, hell, even William W. Johnstones' classic horror books of the 80's (which this is based in the late 70's and early 80) take place there!
Michael Morrow (not his real last name,) was only 4 years old when he was snatched up out of his front yard while playing by the members of the Morror family. Now this family is not your every day run of the mill family looking for a child to kidnap and sell for money.......NO! This is a family who takes a boy to train him to 'work' with the family and raise him in the family's sick and twisted state of mind, and ways of living........keeping their Mama, Claudine happy. The way they do this is finding, and bringing pretty young girls home to the farmhouse to gut, hang by their heels in the barn, then take apart and slaughter like a butcher does a cow, to feed and keep their Mama satisfied!! Yes! Now as michael starts growing as a young boy he starts to realize that something inside him makes him think that he is not like his older brother, Reb, (short for Rebel) or like his sister Misty Dawn.....he just knows he does not belong in this family. But that does not stop him from learning the ways of the family, the ways to make people think that he is 'just like every other boy in town', and to learn the perfect way to string up a 'Whore, they are all whores' says Claudine, and to feed his family of hillbillies that call themselves the Morrows of Dahlia.
This book was written by a young woman, and yes, though at times i wanted to put it down and not go on, because i do draw the line when it comes to this kind of sadistic, absolutely sick and twisted form of reading material, but for some sick reasoning, i wanted to see where young Michaels life was going to go, and what would become of him as a young man.
When he is in his early years of manhood around the age of 17 he discovers his first 'feelings for a girl' and though he has always been taught to think they are just things that will go away, he starts to realize that his family of killers that have raised him as their own, are actually sick cannibalistic killers, and he must tell someone. He meets two young girls at a record store while in town with his brother Reb, and he gets drawn into the web of a spider that he has no ways of knowing how to get out of. Does he tell Alice and Lucy what his family 'does for a living', does he tell them of what the chains and tools that are in the basement of the farmhouse are for?
'Brother' is beyond anything you will read i think, if you have never read 'Girl Next Door' or seen a movie like the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.......yes, this book is what, if it had been written in 1972, I believe this is what Tobe Hooper would have used as a basis for his movie that is now the 'Classic horror classic of the 70s'. I give this 5 stars as a rating, but that does not mean i LOVED what i read, I didnt, it made me sick to my stomach to think that i even wanted to admit to myself that i was reading or listening to this disgusting portrayal of a family beyond description! Just be warned: This book deals with extreme torture, cannibalism, incest, necrophilia, and descriptions of body dismemberment and disemboweling in EXTREMELY realistic details, and there is a lot of it.
Now, i must cleanse my state of mind and palette for the sick taste it left in my mouth, and start another book for all of your Book Review Pleasure! Thanks for taking the time to read this. Check out the video review of this book on my YouTube Channel; AreYouIntoHorror. Thanks,
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I’m going to give it a go.
I will start by saying the description does this book no justice what so ever . If it wasn’t for the recommendation then I probably wouldn’t of picked it up. This book is a horror movie, a horror movie but with characters you really feel invested in, characters who you hate with a passion and those who you are scared but hopeful for.
Michael is our main character a poor boy brought into a horrible family and has no choice in what he’s been made to do. He is such a strong person but he wouldn’t think so himself. He stands up for himself and others when possible against some of the most horrible characters I’ve read about. He is also quiet and naive which stems I think from the way his family have treated him for years.
Michael meets Alex in a record shop whilst on an outing with his brother. Straight away he is drawn to her and he starts to think life away from the family is possible. Alex is also drawn to Michael because he is quiet compared to his brother Reb (Ray) who is in your face and bold.
Rebel (Ray) is Michaels older brother and is one twisted individual, I don’t even know or comprehend how someone turns out like him. There are just no words.
The world Ania Ahlborn has created is one I don’t want to live in, because she described it so perfectly. Michael stands at his bedroom window and looks over their farm and I can see it so perfectly in my mind, I don’t know how she did it, but she did.
I was never expecting the ending I got and if I’m honest its one of the best endings I’ve ever read.
This book needs reading …and right now.. I want you to put down whatever your doing and pick up this book instead.
If anyone has read this book please comment so we can talk about it!! I need to talk about it !!
I admit to having an inkling as to the twist and I loved its execution.
Excellent. Will be looking for that movie Chained now.