The Bird Eater
Twenty years ago, the mysterious death of his aunt left Aaron Holbrook orphaned and alone. He abandoned his rural Arkansas hometown vowing never to return, until his seven-year-old son died in an accident, plunging Aaron into a nightmare of addiction and grief. Desperate to reclaim a piece of himself, he returns to the hills of his childhood, to Holbrook House, where he ho...more
I got this as part of the Kindle First program.
The Bird Eater reminded me a lot of the Anne Rice Mayfair Witches series, which is high praise since I think The Witching Hour was the last good book Anne Rice wrote. The Holbrook House has been haunted by a ghostly t ...more
The Bird Eater has a creepy, interesting concept, but a poorly conceived plot.
There is a lot of deep, descriptive character development which helps round out the story. However, there are certain characters that are not essential to the plot and can be cut out altogether (e.g. Hazel and Cooper). Hazel’s character is merely used as a plot device, and is only important towards the end of the novel when she gives backstory on Birdie. Birdie’s backstory is used as a big reveal toward the ...more
Twenty-one years after the chilling events in the opening scene, Aaron returns to his dilapidated and reputedly haunted childhood home hoping to heal his freshly broken life. Apparently his therapist advised him to do so despite the fact that he witnessed a murder in the house and he’s currently struggling with depression, borderline substanc ...more
This was quite an interesting read to say the least. If you are looking for creepy, then just like the cover implies, you get creepy.
-Easy read. I read this within a 48 hour period, even while juggling a couple of other books. The pages just flew by.
-Vivid. The fact that the pages just flew by is a testament of how well the story was told. It read just as a movie might. I really could visualize the entire story as wel ...more
Rural Ozark Arkansas. There's something wrong with the house at the end of Old Mill Road....and with Aaron Holbrook. Both are broken down and haunted by a deadly past.
In THE BIRD EATER, Aaron returns to his childhood home to face old demons and try to eradicate more recent ones, but all does not go so well when unsettling visions and disturbing nightmares begin; and bad turns to worse when Aaron encounters the hellish poltergeist of death house.
Except for a couple of undevelo...more
Aaron Holbrook is the epitome of a broken man. His attempts at combating his guilt over an accident resulting in the death of his seven year old son have netted him nothing but an addiction to booze & pills, a doomed marriage, and a rather elaborate array of tattoos with a most definite bird theme. His therapist's suggestion that Aaron return to Ironwood, Arkansas turns out ...more
If you are going to go through the trouble of making the best friend an amateur ghost hunter, I would think he would have a file about five inches thick with all the research he did on the ghost that lives in the house where his best friend lived and that everyone admits is haunted.
Every page, I kept waiting for Eric to say "Hey, I did some research and...." But that never happened ...more
Aaron Holbrook is returning home after 16 years of being gone. After his aunt died under curious circumstances when he was just a young teen, he up and disappeared leaving his hometown and his friends behind. But Aaron has demons. Some he will bring with him and some he will face inside the house that has stood vacant for nearly two decades. The question is, who will be the victor in this battle with demons of the past?
Wow! This is my second Ania Ahlborn novel and I have to say. ...more
Here, Aaron Holbrook is grief-stricken and drinking too much after the death of his ...more
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals every dared to dream before...-- Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven
The Bird Eater is an effective measure of horror and suspense, opening with a potent first chapter describing the gruesome background of the 'haunted' house that could, if anything, be merited a five-star all on its own.
Ahlborn uses iconic psychological bits from well-loved Hitchcockian thrillers like The Birds-
She scr ...more
I have to admit there was a particular direction I thought it was going ((view spoiler)[that Aaron had, on some level, realized his legacy and intentionally killed his son in the car accident (hide spoiler)]), but it didn't go that way. I'm glad -- it was already dark enough and it wouldn' ...more
It seems I can’t get away from the is-it-really-horror-or-is-the-main-character-simply-going-insane type of books this Halloween 2015 season: The Haunting of Hill House (a group/buddy read with The Pantsless Ones), Bird Box, and now The Bird Eater.
I originally purchased this in early 2014 as part of the Amazon Kindle First program. After a few pickups and putdowns, I decided I would finally read this in conjunction with the RMFAO group genre challenge for this month: RMFAO October is Ho ...more
For the first few chapters I though this was going to be another anxiety-ridden read, but unfortunately, it wasn't.
I would have liked to know more about Isaac, his father and the murder of his foster mother.
Also, the whole bird thing didn't make a lot of sense to me.
Eric, I thought, was rather bland. For someone with a life-long obsession with the paranormal, he showed little interest in a house rumored to be haunted for over twenty ye ...more
To describe this book in a nutshell, it's one of those wonderfully ambivalent horror novels that mystify you with their gruesomeness as you're reading and leave you with a big question mark at the end. The novel is fairly gory in bits but not outrageously so and those with a passionate fixation for kindness towards birds would be well advised to steer cle ...more
The Bird Eater is a well written atmospheric thriller of a horror novel. Ania Ahlborn has quietly moved up my list of favorite horror authors that I have Caitlin Kiernan perched a top of. Ahlborn writes horror by ensuring that suspense, world building, tension, and atmosphere take the center stage. This book is no exception. The protagonist of this novel, Aaron is broken in so many ways that the outcome of this book to me was clear from the start.
I love how Alborn slowly told us just ho ...more
Ahlborn's writing was a bit much. There were descriptors squashed in everywhere. The wallpaper couldn't be just wallpaper, it was always's "Edie's old wallpaper." The curtains were "Edie's white curtains." The richest parts of the book were the details about the characters' pasts and childhoods, but like the descriptions, these were often shoved into the text, distracting from the overall story.
I was never really into this one as much as I was into Ahlborn's other two so I'm really disappointed that this sucked so bad for me.
I don't mind romance in horror novels but I couldn't stand Cheri. She was a crappy, weird character and any other female character could have been better than her, this is why I gave up. I like Aaron, I didn't like Cheri, bad mix of people. No chemistry.
Author of n ...more