Kin

  • by Kealan Patrick Burke
  • Narrated by Chet Williamson
  • 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Murder, dismemberment, incest, cannibalism

And that's in just the first hour.

Part X-Files' episode "Home" and part original "Hills Have Eyes" with evil, murderous Southern backwoods (why are they always from the South?) family preying upon hapless travelers. If you like this sort of thing, as I do, you'll probably find this book somewhat entertaining.

"Somewhat" because I wasn't able to listen for a couple days and completely forgot what I'd been listening to. Not super compelling but a fine diversion while weeding the yard.
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- Paula Not from Gualala

Blood is thicker than water

This story was dark, twisted , weird and interesting. I really liked the pace of this story. I felt that it flowed well from one scene to the next and was intriguing to listen to the family dynamics of Mama in Bed's brood. I felt sorry that the children had been so poisoned mentally and warped into the awfulness of their beliefs. The brutality that they inflicted upon the "coyotes" was frightful and the fact that they were so willing to turn against their own was disturbing. I liked the outcome for the most part although, I would like to have a bit more information on how the survivors went on with their lives. This is a story of bleak circumstances imposed upon isolated people with a fanatical belief in their religion making them feel righteous in their hideous actions. I was particularly happy that Pete wasn't left completely abandoned. This book was gifted to me by the author for an honest review. Very much a dark disturbing story but I really enjoyed it.
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- mel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2013
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press