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Ahlborn’s impressive writing and expert exploration of the psychological effects of systemic abuse elevate what could have been the literary equivalent of a slasher flick, and the twist in the final act is jaw-dropping. Michael always felt different from the rest of the Morrow clan and through flashbacks we learn more about what the early years were like for him and why he is so different from the other Morrow children: Reb, Misty and Lauralynn. When I noticed a couple of great reviews on Goodreads, I put my name on the list at the local library because I am always ready for a great book. He circled the girl like a hungry wolf, poking at her with a long tree branch the way a mean-spirited kid would tease an insect. This book follows the Morrow Family, but in particular Michael Morrow, the second son and the one who doesn't quite fit in.

In that postcard, people lounged beneath colorful umbrellas while a cotton candy–pink hotel stood in the background. Loved the atmosphere, the reference to the 80s, music and movies of the 70s and 80s (Shining, Amityville), the uncanny atmosphere with premonitions all over and the incredible twist at the end. A wildly inventive spin on the supernatural thriller, about a woman working as a nanny for a young boy with strange and disturbing secrets. He moved his knees one at a time, crushing her fighting hand into the damp earth, and caught sight of a stone within arm’s reach.Just that you’re looking around the place like you haven’t ever seen the inside of a theater before.

I did not cry or vomit (though, honestly, I came pretty close to both), but that's only because I was too shocked and uneasy to even move a muscle. However I wasn't quite able to get invested in the story but I might just have read the book in the wrong time.

I wasn’t too terribly picky about sub-genre and often liked a slasher or serial killer flick, a la Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn or Last House on the Left. The killings, the lies, the betrayal, and the revenge are perfectly incorporated in this dark psychological thriller.

The Morrow's are a dysfunctional family of serial killers living in the Appalachians of West Virginia. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys exploring the darkest depths of the human (and sometimes inhuman) condition. Soon, she’d be a face on the news, giving interviews about how some charming guy in a brown Oldsmobile had picked her up while she’d been hitching along State Road 10. We tend to avoid the big, banal blockbusters (and the more lurid fare) in favor of beautifully written explorations of the unknown, many of them obscure, all of them extraordinary. The time is late ‘79/early ‘80, but due to their rural life in Dahlia, West Virginia the record player still spins a variety of Beach Boys, Neil Diamond (yes!And yet somehow, at that very moment, she struck him as angelic—a beautiful girl who probably looked a lot like Momma had when she had been that young. 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. Whether it's vampires, werewolves, zombies, serial killers, plagues, or the Old Ones, you'll find plenty of great discussions and recommendations at HA.

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