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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,506 ratings  ·  801 reviews
From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a terrifying novel that follows a teenager determined to break from his family’s unconventional—and deeply disturbing—traditions.

Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse miles from any road. The Morrows keep to themselves, and it’s served them well so far. When girls go missing off the side o
Paperback, 319 pages
Published September 29th 2015 by Gallery Books
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I saw this book pop up on Netgalley and my eyes locked in on it like it was a big old piece of chocolate cake. Appalachian family gone bad?
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I was way excited.
Then Netgalley yanked that rug from under my feet. They denied me.
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I gave no shits! I begged! I pleaded! Then thank Tom Cruise a friend got tired of me whiningtook pity on my poor soul and gifted me a copy.

Now for the actual book instead of my tale of woe.

You have the Morrow family. L
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“You’re a goddamn psycho,” he said.

“You and me both, brother.”

First, can I just say that I LOVE being the first of my friends to review a book – especially when they earn all 5 Stars from my stingy self. To all of you who were denied the ARC, I’m so sorry. You must have done simply horrible things in your past life. Lucky for me I’m an angel, so I got approved. Good news is, the publication date has already come and gone so you don’t have to wait any longer in order to score a copy.

Alright, enou
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rebel raised an eyebrow in approval.
"Good idea," he said.
"A party ain't a party without a splash of red."

Brother is my first Ania Ahlborn book. I cannot tell you how much it pleases me to have found a new horror writer to obsess over!

This book, set in the heart of Appalachia, is DEEPLY disturbing. If you aren't disturbed by this in some way, I'm not sure we can be friends.

It is written so damn well, it feels 100% plausible. I mean, why couldn't this
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
1/10/16: $1.99 at Amazon!

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.

I thought that this book was absolutely fantastic! I have not been so mesmerized by a book in a long time. This book was incredibly bloody, incredibly twisted, and just absolutely awesome. I realize that I almost missed out on this book. I didn't even take a second look at this title when it was on NetGalley. When I noticed a couple of great reviews on Goodreads, I put my name on the list at the local library be
Jennifer Masterson
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 TWISTED Stars for "Brother"! I loved it! Every once in awhile I venture out of my comfort zone and enter the dark genre of horror! I'm so glad I picked this book! Ania Ahlborn did a fantastic job in telling this crazy story!

The Morrow's are a dysfunctional family of serial killers living in the Appalachians of West Virginia. They are all evil except for Michael. He has a heart and yearns to leave the family's psycho den after he meets sweet Alice at the record store. The only problem is his c
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
A story about a family of serial cannibal killers and not just that. The levels of depravity described here are shocking. I would call them dysfunctional, except for them being way tooo functional, just from a very different part of spectre.
I'm not gonna spoil it further...
He waited for the girl to lose her voice. That screaming bothered him, though he’d never admit it. It gave him nightmares, but he never complained. He only wished Momma would kill them while the sun was shining
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, dark, read-2015, ebook
OMG! or should I just say OH BROTHER! Either way, 4.5 Stars for this totally F'd Up dysfunctional family read.

A girl screaming bloody murder is how it all begins, but that's not really important. What happens when Momma Claudine disciplines her boys and girls or needs to quench her thirst is, and throughout the story, what you will find is disgustingly gruesome, brutal and just plain nasty!

And, just when you think the worst is over, you'll be shocked and grossed out beyond your wildest dreams, and it still won't be over as there isnasty!


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Nov 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror

To say that this one was a bit of disappointment would be a major understatement. Let’s see here, checking the description, “Deep in the heart of Appalachia stands a crooked farmhouse…” yada, yada, yada…some missing girls, deeply disturbing traditions, buried secrets or treasure, not sure which, but it’s beginning to pique my curiosity. I can’t help but notice a few four and five-star reviews from my friends, hmm. In my mind’s eye, I’m picturing one of those crazy hillbilly stories that qui
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once in awhile, the stars align and I binge read a book. To me, a binge is where you don't stop reading until it's done. I've done this a few other times, but it's rare--you know, adulting and life and what not tends to prevent this from happening. (plus I love my sleep, gawd I love sleep)
So I binged this book. I binged the HELL out of this one. The weird thing, it was calling to me from my bookshelf. I'd be reading the Stand or East of Eden (my current reads) and this book was stalking me
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: public-library
Far away from any pain-in-the-arse neighbors within screaming distance, there sits an old farmhouse. Listing slightly to the side, its angles all askew, it has a basement that should be avoided at all costs. The dynamics of the residents living within the house take center stage, and we find the Morrow family to be as skewed as their living quarters. They have always lived off the land, hunting in the nearby woods to put meat on the table. Momma is hollow-eyed and likes knives. Do not get her ri ...more
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Disturbing!!!!! That is one word that comes to mind when I read BROTHER by Ania Ahlborn. This book literally was utterly chilling, twisted and sinister. It was one of those dark reads that frighten you to the core on how disturbing and psychotic one family is. The Morrow family takes the meaning deadly to a whole new level.


They say blood is thicker than water. B
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
*** 3 Oh' Brother Stars***
It appears I'm in the minority once again :-(

I finished Brother last night and well..... I didn't love it :-(
With that said, I honestly believe the reason lies with me. I read a lot of fucked up stories, so while most readers had this reaction while reading . . .
*** 3 Oh' Brother Stars***
It appears I'm in the minority once again :-(

I finished Brother last night and well..... I didn't love it :-(
With that said, I honestly believe the reason lies with me. I read a lot of fucked up stories, so while most readers had this reaction while reading . . .

My, as well as Carla's reaction ( yeah, I'm throwing her under the bus with me ) was more along the lines of this . . .

We I wanted more gore. . . violence.... fuckery ...Hell, All of the Above. My biggest problem with the book were the characters themeselves. I had a difficult time wrapping my head around their actions. I'd like to explain but in doing so I fear I will spoil the story. I will try my best not to, but just in case, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not open the spoiler tag until you've read the book. (view spoiler)

With all my rambling aside, Brother wasn't a bad story by any means. It definitely pushed some of my emotional buttons ---> Rage, thanks to Rebel. Frustration, thanks to Michael, & heartbreak, thanks to Misty, yet the characters felt emotionless. Go figure.

Brother has numerous 5 star reviews by much more normal reviewers than I . Please read their reviews and decide if this Brother from another mother is the right guy for you.


I stayed up until 2 a.m. finishing this book because I just could not stop reading. Then I was in bed another hour thinking about it. My friend Kim first recommended this to me. Her review is here. Then, my friend Kelly read it. Her review is here. They both 5-starred this baby and now, so am I.

This is one of the best horror books I have ever read. Michael lives with his family and they are serial killers. He doesn't like his life, but he goes along and does what he is told. He meets a girl and suddenly realize
Johann (jobis89)
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“A party ain’t a party without a splash of red.”

The Morrows are a family residing in a secluded farmhouse, far in the Appalachians — far enough that nobody outside of the family can hear the screams...

If you asked me to describe this book in three words, I would choose the following: brutal, disturbing and tense. So basically any Ania Ahlborn book, right?!

If you think your family is fucked up... meet the Morrows. Families who commit heinous acts together, stay together -
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had my doubts going into this book. After reading the synopsis I feared that I was going into a book that would be just a huge gore fest, but I liked Ania Ahlborn's last book Within These Walls so I decided to give it a shot.

Not that a gore fest is a horrible thing, but when you are feeling nauseous it isn't the right time for it.

Happily the gore was kept to a minimum and instead Ania focused on creating her characters and giving them motivation which I appreciated. Although I did
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Dark, disturbing, gut-wrenching and violent, Brother is perfect for extreme horror enthusiasts, but only those who are not afraid to explore the slimiest, most terrifying corners of human soul. You will feel filthy and hollowed out when you're done, you will need a long, hot shower and you will never - I repeat: NEVER - get this story out of your head. Be warned: proceed with caution.

After reading Ahlborn's previous book, Within These Walls, I already knew she writes exactly my flavor of horror
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now that was a horror novel! Dangggg, I am shook to the core by Ania Ahlborn's Brother . What a sick, twisted, and demented story—and I loved every second of it!

Michael Morrow lives in a secluded farmhouse, buried into the woods of West Virginia, and he lives with his parents Claudine and Wade, his sister Misty, and his brother Ray (nicknamed Rebel). The Morrow family leads a very unconventional life, and they typically keep to themselves. However, there's moments that the family likes to dabble in grotesque fstory—and
Audio - 4.5 stars
Story - 5 stars

A bit slow paced, but no less brutal, heart-wrenching and twisted. I won’t soon forget this tale of horror.
Heather ~*Undercover Goth Queen*~
Oh my god. Dude. This book.

I don't like the woods. I don't like living among trees (unless they are palm trees). It makes me feel like I'm perpetually in a tunnel. And also the woods is where people get murdered, and no one can hear you scream.

There wasn't much to fear in places like this. That's why people moved out to the country. It seemed safe and peaceful and perfect until you caught a lunatic crawling through your bedroom window.

Yeah, I'll skip that, thanks.

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Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

In her novel, BROTHER, Ania Alhborn takes a departure from the supernatural and gives us horror--both physical and psychological--from an all human source. The Marrows are a family residing in a secluded farmhouse, far in the Appalachia--far enough that nobody outside of the family can hear the screams. . . Although the mother, Claudia, and father, Wade are the "heads of the family", the eldest boy, Ray--who prefers to go by the name of Rebel--is more the actual leader when
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thriller & Horror fans.
I’m not generally a squeamish reader, but parts of Brother had me cringing in my chair. Maybe it was the fact of listening by audio-book instead of reading by the page. Sometimes hearing equates to seeing an action take place. Credit to the narrator for my egad moments. So, fair warnings out of the way, the cringe-worthy parts were somewhat few, and the story in-between was rather good.

Living in the backwoods, Michael really has no escape from his “family”. Either it’s do your part,
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Michael Morrow is a displaced young man living a macabre life of murder and cannibalism. Having been kidnapped as a child, Michael grew up in a secluded family home that lived off the land - their game meat being unsuspecting travelers, junkies, and loners who would be little missed by those who know them. His mother, father, sister and brother all in on the family killing desensitized him, making murder a normal and accepted practice. He was forced to act on impulse and under the guidance of hi ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do not attempt to read this book until you are prepared to be immersed in a world of carnage, hate, rage, revenge, despair, and pure evil.

In the last year, I admit I haven't had the time necessary to devote to reading and reviewing. Often times I find that I can walk away from a novel for days until I remember reading and reviewing is what I do. It's how I like to pass the time. Up until now, I had not found a book that grabbed my attention the way Brother had. Ania Ahlborn would no
Tyler J [They/He] (Wickedjr Reads)

This is a very dark and disturbing story, and the horror in it comes from how realistic it seems, and could be. It reads like a character study when I think about it, and I personally love that. I love getting to know characters. At times I really felt for the characters, all of them, and at others times they horrified me. There are gray areas, that while they don't make anything right, still tugged at my heart.

The first half I was interested, I liked it but it was slower-paced.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brother is the ultimate tale of family dysfunction, betrayal and murder set in the backdrop of a small community in rural West Virginia. Nobody is safe in this one as family secrets are revealed and the tension level slowly gets ratcheted up to eleven.

Ever since her debut effort Seed, I have been a big fan of Ania Ahlborn. Her stories are dark and brooding. Her characters have depth and her storylines are smooth with a steadily building sense of dread. Brother hits on all cylinders. 4.5 S
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok

I really dunno where to start... Ahlborn is considered to be one of the best young horror authors at the moment and, as a horror fan, I had some big expectations. However, I read horror for fun. I don’t want it to make me feel depressed and mournful. This is just too sad, too devastating, and when it comes to horror, it is not scary in a “traditional” sense. By that I mean, you will have no trouble going to the bathroom at night and you won’t expect to see Reb Morrow hidden in your closet.

I love Ania Ahlborn! She's awesome. This story was dark, gruesome and great. I never put it together until Michael did. The writing is great. I stayed up way too late reading this- I couldn't put it down.
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is easily the most violent, disturbing, depraved, brutal, dark, grim, and twisted book I’ve read in a long time, perhaps ever. It’s one of those books that I don’t know how to rate. The writing was superb, the read is stuck right in the middle of the events, and the characters are exceptionally well-developed. The chain of events, once set in motion are like a roller coaster heading up to the top of the hill, and the reader is stuck watching, knowing that the track is gone on the downslope ...more
Christy LoveOfBooks
You think you have a dysfunctional family? Pfft. Why don’t you meet the Morrow family, then you’ll see the epitome of dysfunction. Unless, of course, you come from a family of serial killers too.

When I went into Brother, I fully expected something a little cheesy. I was prepared for a laughable, eye-rolling induced read. Is that what I got? Hell freaking no! Listen, I love horror books, movies, everything. I mean, I was sneaking horror movies when I was little and reading Stephen King when I wa
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I admit I've always been halfway curious about how your average serial killing family acts when they're just, ya know, hanging out. Ania Ahlborn has created a cast of the most breathtakingly evil murderers, molesters and all around psychopaths since "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" changed the definition of "a quiet family dinner at home."

I was white knuckled and mildly sick as I followed Michael, the youngest son of dirt poor, Appalachian hillbillies the Morrow's, who's daily chores in
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Born in Ciechanow Poland, Ania has always been drawn to the darker, mysterious, and sometimes morbid sides of life. Her earliest childhood memory is of crawling through a hole in the chain link fence that separated her family home from the large wooded cemetery next door. She’d spend hours among the headstones, breaking up bouquets of silk flowers so that everyone had their equal share.

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