Brother by Ania Ahlborn
From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a brand-new novel of terror 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 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…
The month of October is nearly here. I think of fires, full moons, scary movies, and gore. Brother is gruesome with a twisted family that participates in vicious acts. Michael was kidnapped from his birth family and brought to live with the Morrows. He was too young to know that the family they were “welcoming him into” would seal his fate and what he would become. I found myself having hope for Michael and also screaming in urgency for him to stand up for himself. He found his strength, but by then was it too late? This novel is dark and twisted and I loved every word of it. Brother is a great book to read if you’re wanting dark, gruesome reads on your October to-read list. There are ulterior motives, vindictive characters, and people out for blood. This is my first Ania read, but I’ll be sure to grab her others. Give this novel a try!! Rating: 5 stars
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.
Author of eight novels, Ania’s work has been lauded by Publishers Weekly, The New York Daily News, and The New York Times. Some of her work has been optioned for film.
Beyond writing, Ania enjoys baking, scary movies, weird documentaries, traveling, discovering new restaurants, and (lots and lots of) coffee. She currently resides in the greater Portland, Oregon area with her husband, Will, and canine buddy, Sulley.