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 miss ...more
the story was incredibly predictable and surface-level. oh, also WAY tamer than i anticipated. with the amount of reviews that mention the extreme violence and cruelty of this book i really expected it to be something else but it's really like any other slasher and there was a lot more implied/fade to black than i anticipated.
so, idk. fun but not super impressive. i do kind of want to ...more
I was way excited.
Then Netgalley yanked that rug from under my feet. They denied me.
I gave no shits! I begged! I pleaded! Then thank Tom Cruise a friend
Now for the actual book instead of my tale of woe.
You have the Morrow family. Living in the backwoods, peace and quiet in their l ...more
A party ain't a party without a splash of red.
Brother is my first Ania Ahlborn book and far from my last.
I cannot tell you how much it pleases me to have found a new horror author to obsess over!
This book, set deep in the heart of Appalachia, is extremely disturbing.
In fact, if you aren't disturbed by this, I'm not sure we can be friends.
It is written so damn well, it feels 100% plausible. I mean, why couldn't this happen?
It could t ...more
“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 ...more
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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 because ...more
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 ...more
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. "Rea ...more
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 rather than ...more
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, a...more
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 qu ...more
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 - is that how it goes?? A ...more
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 . . .
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. But in the case of The Morrow family, blood unites them and binds them as t ...more
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 ...more
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 dab ...more
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 didn't find all ...more
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 ...more
This is an incredibly dark story about a terrible family who does some terrible things. There is some gruesome situations with plenty of harm to women and animals. The novel reads like a slow burning character study, focusing on the interactions within this dysfunctional family. I never became fully immersed in the narrative, but readers with more interest in the southern rural stories may enjoy this one more than I did. While I enjoy reading dark stories, this novel demonstrated that s ...more
This book is a gruesome, stomach churning, horror story, delving into some of the most disgusting aspects of human behaviours.
Trouble is that it’s disgustingly good and I couldn’t put the disgusting book down.
The Morrows are a poor family living in the middle of nowhere and trying to live off the land. They hunt the local area for their meat but its not animals that they are hunting its young loner girls that are in their sights.
They are a family of five, ...more
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 it comes to ...more
Story - 5 stars
A bit slow paced, but no less brutal, heart-wrenching and twisted. I won’t soon forget this tale of horror.
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.
This book was exactly the ki ...more
Living in the backwoods, Michael really has no escape from his “family”. Either it’s do your part, or suffer th ...more
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. About half w ...more
Ahlborn crafts a story of a murderous family in Appalachia with a lot of secrets. It's a testament to her writing that we are able to even feel sympathy for one or more of them as the story proceeds. But I found myself really rooting for our main character and the ...more
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 n ...more
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.
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