REVIEW: KIN BY KEALAN PATRICK BURKE




KIN
KEALAN PATRICK BURKE
GENRE: HORROR

SYNOPSIS


On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers — a family of cannibalistic lunatics — are closing in.

A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder returns from Iraq to the news that his brother is among the murdered in Elkwood.

In snowbound Detroit, a waitress trapped in an abusive relationship gets an unexpected visit that will lead to bloodshed and send her back on the road to a past she has spent years trying to outrun.

And Claire, the only survivor of the Elkwood Massacre, haunted by her dead friends, dreams of vengeance... a dream which will be realized as grief and rage turn good people into cold-blooded murderers and force alliances among strangers.

It's time to return to Elkwood.

In the spirit of such iconic horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, Kin begins at the end and studies the possible aftermath for the survivors of such traumas upon their return to the real world — the guilt, the grief, the thirst for revenge — and sets them on an unthinkable journey... back into the heart of darkness.





MY TAKE

5 STARS


I finished this e-book last night and...well, just W-O-W!

Okay, let me start off by saying I became familiar this author through his stories The Grief Frequency and The Turtle Boy. Now that I've read Kin, I am a fan for life—seriously! You wouldn't think that a story including cannibals would be very original because it's been done over and over (Ketchum's Off Season and Offspring ring a bell?), but Kin is like no other cannibalistic story I've ever read before.

There were quite a few unexpected twists in the story, many left me gaping at my Kindle and looking like a complete fool in front of my family. I don't know where Burke came up with some of the ideas in this book, but my goodness, he pushed the envelope with some of them.

The characterization in this novel was top-notch. These characters were so believable you would think they were plucked from real life and thrown into this book.

I really can't rave enough about how much I loved this book! So much that I will be purchasing the paperback version of Kin to go on my bookshelf.


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