Brother 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 c

  • Title: Brother
  • Author: Ania Ahlborn Jonathan Yen Paul Boehmer
  • ISBN: 9781494510329
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 what s buried in the Morrows backyard.But nineteen year old Michael Morrow isn t like the rest of his family HDeep 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 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 .

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    1. I saw this book pop up on Netgalley and my eyes locked in on it like it was a big old piece of chocolate cake. Appalachian family gone bad?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 got tired of me whiningtook pity on my poor soul and gifted me a copy.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 little fa [...]

    2. Find all of my reviews at: 52bookminimum/“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’t hav [...]

    3. 1/10/16: $1.99 at !This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.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 , I put my name on the list at the local library because I am always rea [...]

    4. OMG! or should I just say OH BROTHER! Either way, 4.5 Stars for this totally F'd Up dysfunctional family read.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 [...]

    5. 5 TWISTED Stars for "Brother"! I loved it! Every once in awhile I venture out of my comfort zone and enter the dark genre of horror! I'm so glad I picked this book! Ania Ahlborn did a fantastic job in telling this crazy story! 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 [...]

    6. A story about a family of serial cannibal killers and not just that. The levels of depravity described here are shocking. I would call them dysfunctional, except for them being way tooo functional, just from a very different part of spectre.I'm not gonna spoil it further Q: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 w [...]

    7. ★☆☆☆☆½To say that this one was a bit of disappointment would be a major understatement. Let’s see, checking the description here, “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. Checking my friend’s reviews, I count four 5 star reviews, one 4 star review. Excellent! So I’m guessing this is another one of [...]

    8. Far away from any pain-in-the-arse neighbors within screaming distance, there sits an old farmhouse. Listing slightly to the side, its angles all askew, it has a basement that should be avoided at all costs. The dynamics of the residents living within the house take center stage, and we find the Morrow family to be as skewed as their living quarters. They have always lived off the land, hunting in the nearby woods to put meat on the table. Momma is hollow-eyed and likes knives. Do not get her ri [...]

    9. ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest reviewDisturbing!!!!! 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 they [...]

    10. Once in awhile, the stars align and I binge read a book. To me, a binge is where you don't stop reading until it's done. I've done this a few other times, but it's rare--you know, adulting and life and what not tends to prevent this from happening. (plus I love my sleep, gawd I love sleep)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 [...]

    11. *** 3 Oh' Brother Stars***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 . . .We I wanted more gore. . . violence. fuckery Hell, All of the Above. My biggest problem with t [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. I had my doubts going into this book. After reading the synopsis I feared that I was going into a book that would be just a huge gore fest, but I liked Ania Ahlborn's last book Within These Walls so I decided to give it a shot. 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 [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. Oh my god. Dude. This book.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 kind o [...]

    16. 4.5 stars!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 [...]

    17. ***WARNING***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 [...]

    18. Brother is the ultimate tale of family dysfunction, betrayal and murder set in the backdrop of a small community in rural West Virginia. Nobody is safe in this one as family secrets are revealed and the tension level slowly gets ratcheted up to eleven.Ever since her debut effort Seed, I have been a big fan of Ania Ahlborn. Her stories are dark and brooding. Her characters have depth and her storylines are smooth with a steadily building sense of dread. Brother hits on all cylinders. 4.5 Stars! H [...]

    19. I’m not generally a squeamish reader, but parts of Brother had me cringing in my chair. Maybe it was the fact of listening by audio-book instead of reading by the page. Sometimes hearing equates to seeing an action take place. Credit to the narrator for my egad moments. So, fair warnings out of the way, the cringe-worthy parts were somewhat few, and the story in-between was rather good.Living in the backwoods, Michael really has no escape from his “family”. Either it’s do your part, or s [...]

    20. You think you have a dysfunctional family? Pfft. Why don’t you meet the Morrow family, then you’ll see the epitome of dysfunction. Unless, of course, you come from a family of serial killers too.When I went into Brother, I fully expected something a little cheesy. I was prepared for a laughable, eye-rolling induced read. Is that what I got? Hell freaking no! Listen, I love horror books, movies, everything. I mean, I was sneaking horror movies when I was little and reading Stephen King when I [...]

    21. This is easily the most violent, disturbing, depraved, brutal, dark, grim, and twisted book I’ve read in a long time, perhaps ever. It’s one of those books that I don’t know how to rate. The writing was superb, the read is stuck right in the middle of the events, and the characters are exceptionally well-developed. The chain of events, once set in motion are like a roller coaster heading up to the top of the hill, and the reader is stuck watching, knowing that the track is gone on the down [...]

    22. I read this with bated breath. I completely admit it, and in the beginning I thought I was in for a five star read. Ahlborn sure knows how to crank up the tension and suspense. I almost never do this, but I am going to hide a chunk of this review for spoilers. I just don’t see a way to explain the drop in stars without them.Here goes (view spoiler)[ Michael was stolen from his family’s front yard, at the age of four, by Reb to replace his, get thisg! I kid you not. Reb’s father helps him s [...]

    23. You think your family is messed up? Brother, you ain’t seen nothing yet!You see, deep in the Appalachia woods is farmhouse far off the beaten path. And inside this farmhouse is a twisted little family of cannibals, overseen by their brutal matriarch who has a penchant for killing young women. Brothers Reb and Michael have a relationship that borders on master/servant, or perhaps owner and pet, the dominant alpha and the cowed beta. Taken as a whole, the Morrows are a sick clan where the term [...]

    24. No matter how disenchanted I might become with horror, new book from Ania Ahlborn, the indie darling that did, is always something to look forward to. And this one was just so good, so brutal, so very brutally good. Virginia may be for lovers, but West Virginia has a distinctly different claim to fame. Murdering hillbillies are nothing new to the genre. What Ahlborn does with the theme certainly is. The Morrow house is a stunningly claustrophobic nightmare, perfect kill zone, perfect setting for [...]

    25. Review copyAnia Ahlborn is the bestselling author of the horror thrillers Within These Walls, The Bird Eater, The Shuddering, The Neighbors, and Seed, which has been optioned for film. Born in Ciechanow, Poland, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their dog. For more, visit the author online at AniaAhlborn.This is the second book I've read this year from Ania Ahlborn, having read Within These Walls back in April and now Brother. Both works are fine examples of literary horror and [...]

    26. A well written and at times quite effective little book with a story I thoroughly disliked. Starting out with a strong 'Hills Have Eyes'/'Texas Chainsaw'-vibe and with a number of great descriptions of that atmosphere, it soon deteriorated into brutal hopelessness and with a serious lack of characters to even take an interest in. The long ending chapter descended into The Summer I Died-silly gore (and I really had promised myself not to read anything like that again). That the story ends in one [...]

    27. A brutal, violent and hard-hitting tale from Ahlborn, her best since Seed. The story of a family of serial killers reminiscent of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the sensitive younger brother, kidnapped by the family at three, who kills with regret and emotional conflict while his older brother seethes with a buried rage from long-ago events. When he meets the girl of his dreams at a record store, the story sets off on a rollercoaster ride whose plummet never seems to end. Even though I saw the [...]

    28. Well, that was disappointing. I didn't like this book, as made obvious by my low rating. I wanted to like it, but it falls apart like wet tissue paper. The thing is, I'm not very much into gore. I don't find it scary; I find it repulsive and repellant. I don't like reading about it. It isn't fun, and it turns me off. Typically I start to skim when the blood starts flying in excess (if it doesn't seem to serve the story, that is, which is often the case with Brother). This book is basically tortu [...]

    29. OMG, this is not for wimps. The Morrows live in a secluded farmhouse in the Appalachia, sufficiently remote that nobody outside of the family can hear the screams. This highly dysfunctional family consists of matriarch Claudine, father Wade, eldest boy Ray (who prefers to called Rebel), eldest sister Lauralynn (who has gone to live with the grandparents), little brother Michael, and little sister Misty Dawn. Very dark, disturbing, violent, gory, and brutal are apt descriptions: Brother is really [...]

    30. WTH did I just read? BROTHER was a completely twisted, psychotic romp through the minds of a family of serial killers. Ahlborn has managed to reach that pinnacle of depravity formerly reserved for such masters as Jack Ketchum and Edward Lee.There were a few places where the author bounced back and forth in time to tell the story and her method of doing so made it a little difficult to follow, but that was my only complaint. The final twist at the end made me feel as though I had been sucker-punc [...]

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