In the vine-twisted swamps of Louisiana, the shadows have teeth.
Jack Winter has spent his entire life running from something no one else can see. His childhood is his darkest secret, but after a near fatal accident along a deserted road, the darkness he was sure he’d escaped rears its ugly head ...more
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Well, that was creepy right from the get go and then it sort of fizzled out for me and then picked back up.
The creepy little Charlie girl freaked me right out!
Jack and his family, wife Aimee and daughters, Charlie and Abby get in a wreck one night on the way home. Jack thought he saw something in the road and so did Charlie. From then on out it's crazeville.
This book is about possession, but some of it wasn't explained good en ...more
i have an open mind when i read horror. it is one of my favorite genres so i like a lot of different ...more
It was very different from anything else I've read recently. The story was told through alternate chapters/sections going from the past to the present. I won't get into the story line as plenty of others already have. I will say that the ending of this book absolutely ROCKED!
I originally thought that perhaps "Seed" was the first of a series because by approximat ...more
Jack Winter fled his rural home when he was just a boy, thinking he was leaving his nightmare behind forever. Now, years later, him and his family are in a car crash and he sees glowing eyes that he recognises... the evil thing that had followed him as a child has found him again.
This is my second Ahlborn book after The Devil Crept In and I'm already hailing her as my Queen of Horror! It takes a lot to leave me feeling un ...more
Keep a lookout for a bearded man who cruises the back roads in a rusty red pickup truck late at night. He almost seems familiar, but you can't quite place him . . . is h ...more
Seed is an almost perfect slow building horror, it plans and executes a clinical attack on your emotions as the screw gradually turns and the tension ratchets to unbearable levels. It all starts with a car crash, as the protagonist and driver of the car Jack, sees something at the ...more
It doesn't happen often. There's so much to read, and life is simply too short to slog through bad, or even mediocre books.
Such was my attitude as I began ...more
Actual rating: 4.5 stars. No spoilers!
I started this book all smiles and happy, like this lil guy...
Then BAM!!! The craziness kicked in and I was scuuuurrrrred!!!!
So everyone who knows me knows how much I love scary anything, and horror books. I have been reading more and more of them lately. I often do pay a little attention to the average star rating when choosing a book, so I was hesitant with thi ...more
Here's the thing.
I've been busy lately. I haven't had a lot of free time to write my reviews because I was recently promoted at my job and unfortunately that means I have to actually work at my job instead of killing a few hours a day on goodreads with my fellow book junkies. Now I have to read and then try to hammer out my reviews when I can.
Normally this wouldn't be a problem.
But normally I don't forget that I read a book.
In fact- I don't even remember the last time I forgot that I read a bo ...more
It turns out Jack has been suppressing memories of those damn ...more
There is some great mood building here where the reader is very nervous for our story's characters: The Winters family, but the family themselves are not nervous enough which creates yummy tension.
We, the reader, get insight into what's going on through the main character, Jack. We're in his head most of the time and he's pretty unreliable. We're not sure about Jack t ...more
One night he ran away from home and kept running, and his memory was suppressed long enough for him ...more
I love cerebral horror stories. Seed definitely falls into this category.
It is the story of Jack Winter, husband, father and rocker. The Winter's are hanging on by a slender thread financially, their immediate goal is a modest one: buy a new car before their old Saturn gives up the ghost and leaves them stranded.
Shortly into the story, things go from bad to worse when a freakish car accident sends the car to an early grave and the cause of the accident forces Jack to face a ...more
Demonic possession in fiction and cinema is well trodden ground, but for some reason I am always drawn to these types of stories (Don’t ask me why as they scare the shit out of me!) and Anina Ahlborn does not disappoint. The prose is wonderful and the use o ...more
Imagine driving along on a pitch black road when suddenly your headlights go out, and the last thing you remember is a pair of soulless, empty eyes reflecting bright silver.....yikes! After miraculously surviving the violent car crash, Jack's memory of his terrifying childhood slowly begins to return along with an evil presence that endangers his family and threatens his world.
Not Stephen King quality, but spi...more
Where do I begin? I was gifted this book and the first few chapters seemed really interesting. However, after the accident and Charlie started becoming "sick" the book for me rapidly went down hill. I felt a sense of anger towards Jack as he sat quietly and watched Charlie unravel knowing what was going on with her. He never at any point told his wife, said something, or acted in some form to protect her. Even when there was no shadow of a doubt what was plaguing his daughter ...more
Boy meets devil. All hell breaks loose. Boy runs away from devil.
Boy grows up, starts a family of his own. Devil comes back.
Boy’s daughter meets devil. All hell breaks loose.
Rinse and repeat.
If I hadn’t read a gazillion Stephen King books, I may have liked it more.
“It was you, it was me, it was us, it was we.”
Seed has everything that makes a great horror novel and more. It has a great story that moves along quickly. It is filled with tension and dread, which makes for an awesome atmosphere. The story about a young girl and her father and a grim past. Like all great horror reads there are jumps and scares. This book holds no punches and can be quite brutal at times. The icing on the cake is the fantastic ending.
This was the first time that I have ...more
The author develops the characters effectively throughout the story adding to the element of tension that helps make this a compelling read. This is a story of possession with a unique view and deftly wrought revelations and character shifts that make the story believable. The author has a good sense of when to ratchet up tension and when to back off a bit, allowing her characters to speak for themselves.
Too often, I find new authors in this genre writing a non stop pace of eve ...more
Too cliché, unlikeable characters acting incomprehensibly, just a few truly scary moments.
However I enjoyed the writing style, it's an easy and quick read, just not really for me :/
I think Brit Brit's face says it best.
I have no idea how I feel about this one. No, scratch that, I do.
See me? I'm a bee, doing my part to keep the world pollinated.
Hey....what's that I see over there? Something shining just beyond the grass...
Maybe I should go check it out....
That's how I feel.
Let me just say this: the book title is brilliant. There's so many layers in that one word. This book also had some genuinely creepy moments, and a few "Oh my God, no!" pa ...more
For me Jack was the most frustrating character in the book. Once his daughter was changing, he knew what was happening yet he kept not doing anything about it. They all just ke ...more
I don't get the creeps very often. I wish I did, but it's pretty hard to freak me out. Seed gave me the creeps. I actually wrote "aaaaaahh" and "don't go!" in my notes. (Yes, notes, whatever.) I don't want to spoil anything so I won't go into specifics - like why I really, really wanted my dog to stop scratching on ...more
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