Marty McDougal is a wannabe horror writer with a terrible secret. From off the grid in Texas Hill Country, he publishes his first novel. Saddened to see the horrible and insulting reviews, he decides to take action. The unfortunate reviewers had no idea who they were dealing with. With the help of his deranged mom and homicidal brother, Marty sets out to create a whole new horror story at the expense of his critics. One by one the bizarre family takes out their anger on the group. In the process, one of their victims, April, learns something about herself no one thought possible. What ensues is a circus of bloody mayhem unlike anything seen before.
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Guess this review better be positive!
Where should I start with this? I guess I’ll get the fact that this is extreme horror out of the way. That means you are going to find highly grotesque scenes of violence and perversion. It means that different kinds of objects will be used to penetrate the body in various different ways. It means that if you have the slightest of squamish stomachs, then you should turn away now. This book pulls no punches, and is unapologetic in it’s mercilessness.
The setup is a bit interesting. I think anyone who writes for a living or has to deal with someone who reviews works might connect with it on some level. Backwoods hillbilly writer writes, gets bad reviews, hillbilly family kidnaps reviewers, and does the most despicable things to them…..even worse than even YOU could imagine.
That’s not to say there isn’t moments of heroism, after all, April Almighty does live to see a sequel or two. How she goes about this is discovered about 75% of the way through, and let me tell you, it’s just odd. In later books, you’ll get to see just how this power works, but for now you’re left asking “what the hell just happened?”
I’m still trying to decide if April is as twister as her captors.
Audiobook Review: Nina Blackwood does this story so much justice. She has the characters absolutely down to perfection. Her voice is smooth, even, and sexy throughout. It was definitely odd for me to hear a woman read such horrific acts of violence and perversion, but after finishing this audiobook, there would be no other that I’d like to have done it. It’s as close to perfect as you can get. The contrast between her voice and the events happening make a very intriguing pair.
The Bottom Line: If you like your horror bloody, and sex dirty and disturbing, then this thing is for you! You’re not going to be thinking too hard about the events in the book, but it will do what it’s supposed to do and make your stomach turn.
- Ashley Balestrieri