Brother by Ania Ahlborn
BUG Rating: 4.5/5
Overall: This was one TWISTED book. Following an unbelievably dysfunctional family. It was gruesome, horrendous, and boy did I struggle to sleep the night I finished this! 😭 I just love it when I discover a lesser known amazing book!
😬 I binged through this in one sitting, totally engrossed and unable to put the book down (despite REALLY wanting to 😳)
🔎 The book actually wasn’t *as* gory as I thought it would be. Instead of focusing on the actual gruesome ending to the girls lives, the author centred the story around the characters and their back story – don’t get me wrong, there was still plenty of gore! 😬 but I really did enjoy learning about the family members and what turned them into the monsters they became (plot below)
To sum up in 3 words: Dark, disturbing and intense… and I loved it
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 of the highway, the cops don’t knock on their door. Which is a good thing, seeing as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.
But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn’t like the rest of his family. He doesn’t take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he’s sure that someday he’ll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he’s immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he’s become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his place…