Brother by Ania Ahlborn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ania Ahlborn, The Voice of New Horror...
When I read this, I thought to myself "That's a tough statement to back up!" Then I read Brother and said, "Well, I think I'm convinced!" Having read Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Joe Hill, Ted Dekker and so many others, I'm always looking for someone new and different. I believe I've found it in Ania Ahlborn!
Brother is the story of young Michael Morrow, kidnapped at 4 years old to be used as a pet for Ray/Reb -- his "older brother". To say the Morrow family is a bit twisted would be an understatement. The whole family knows their role. Claudine the evil "mother", Wade the submissive "father", Ray/Rebel the "brother" and brains of the operation, Misty Dawn the lonely "sister" and Michael, the pet, the cleaner, the "brother" and protector of Misty. The brothers are forced (at least one of them is forced) to kidnap young girls to be tortured and murdered by Claudine, their demented mother. Michael maintains his role in the family until he meets the love of his life, Alice...better known as "Snow White".
It is true that love breaks all bonds and Michael gains incredible strength as his love for Alice grows...but can he bring her into the family fold? Rebel thinks so, but not in the way Michael wants.
I can't tell you any more because telling you too much will destroy the incredible twists and turns the story takes, several that hit me from left field...I never saw it coming!
An incredible storyteller, Ahlborn crafts a tell of horror that shakes you to the core, not only because it's scary...but because its totally plausible! Ania Ahlborn, I'M A FAN and am looking forward to reading other yarns you have spun!
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