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Publisher's Summary

Melington has changed.
There is an evil lurking in the darkness, under the beds and behind closet doors. It seeks vengeance and retribution and will not be denied.
No one knows this more than Alan Carter. Returning to his hometown after a 20-year absence, he is resolute in uncovering the truth behind his sister's abduction and the strange disappearance of children. Joined by his childhood friend, Alan finds himself thrown into the middle of a conspiracy led by the town council as it desperately tries to hide its secrets from the world.
No child is safe in Melington, and Alan Carter needs to stop the curse that has haunted his hometown for generations. But as Alan's brushes with death become more frequent, he finds himself running out of luck.
©2016 A.I. Nasser (P)2016
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4 out of 5 stars
By Simone K on 09-20-16

Children to the Slaughter

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This spooky story was fun to listen to. I found it convoluted, slow at times and more suspenseful than horrifying but it was fun nonetheless. Jake Urry does a fantastic job, as always. I'll listen to anything he narrates!

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Frances Cristina on 08-06-16

Creepy Story

The story is about Alan whose sister disappeared when they were young. Alan has come back to the town where it happened to try to find out what happened to her. A lot of children have disappeared over the years and he wants to know why. What happened to them all?
I liked that it was more spooky than just out and out violent. I like the way the author wrote it with Alan in present day and a journal from 1826. The author did an excellent job with blending the two time periods. The characters were connected through generations so you really get the full impact of how long the horror has gone on. I enjoyed the narrator, Jake Urry. He has a good voice and puts emotions into his reading. At times I forgot it was just one narrator.
If you are reading the book yourself you may find the beginning slow going as the author builds the story. It does quickly pick up though. I think this was better in the audio version. It is more like someone is telling you a story they know. I stayed with it better. If you like spooky, atmospheric stories you may like this one. If you are looking for violent, gory stuff you probably won't.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Petra on 07-29-16

Sinister and very entertaining

Alan Carter returns to his hometown Melington 20 years after his sister's abduction. He has been obsessed with her disappearance, firmly believing that the abnormally high number of children disappearing from the town isn't simply a coincidence. He decides to expose the town's secret and sets himself on a collision course with the town's council.
Alan's present day story is interjected with journal entries from 1826 written by Jeremiah Carter who has lost his daughter. These two plotlines come together cleverly at the end, and although the book doesn't end with a cliffhanger as such, the story resumes in Shadow's Embrace.
This was my first time reading anything by A.N. Nasser and I have to admit, if it hadn't been for Jake Urry gifting me a copy of the audiobook, I probably wouldn't have picked this book, simply because the title sounded too disturbing.
It is no doubt a horror story, but it was actually quite subtle. There is some violence and obviously, a dark theme involving children, but it's more creepy than bloodthirsty horror. I actually really enjoyed it.
The writing was taut and generally very well done. The only thing I found slightly irritating was the repetitive nature in which Deborah was referred to as "the brunette".
The quality of the audio production was terrific. At the beginning of the audio, I thought I was listening to two different narrators. It was really well done. The suspenseful tone and the spine-chilling nature of the horror elements were done perfectly.
Recommended for anybody who enjoys sinister mysteries with some horror and/or paranormal elements.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Laura Prime on 08-29-16

Disturbing,upsetting and emotive (remember it's a book)!

Alan Carter has been obsessed by his sister's abduction for 20 years it has consumed him. He returns to the town where he lived to find that children are going missing and he believes it is no coincidence !He is sure they are connected. The Towns council have their secrets and are doing their upmost to keep them so.
As Alan is telling his story , Jeremiah Carter comes in with diary entries about his own lost daughter from 1826.

This horror story is Gruesome, anything with children in turns my stomach, It makes my skin crawl and brings out a maternal protection anger in me , so my blood pressure goes through the roof !
I just need to remember it's a book!

This was a maze of dark and disturbing corners of a world usually unknown to most people.
The Narration was a bit slow to get into the book but once in was excellent, deep,gritty and guttural in parts.The intonation and pace were spot on. Read fantastically by Jake Urry.

I will re-listen to this as I know I will have missed bits and find them 2nd time round.I wil definitely recommend it to my friends who like this Genre.
I listened to this through being given a copy for an honest opinion. I am always on the lookout for Jake Urry Narration.

5 ⭐️ from me for the Author and Narrator

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