Review by Ann McDonald
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 as to what’s buried in the Morrows’ backyard.
A dilapidated old farmhouse in the heart of Appalachia is home to the Morrow family. Claudine and Wade Morrow have four children; Laura Lynn, Misty Dawn, Rob and Michael. And you know early on that young girls are the taste of mother! Wade teaches the boys how to hunt and trap these girls that wind up at the farm.
You see the entire story through the eyes of Michael, who lives a life of unnatural terror yet presents the face of an ordinary young man in the world, that he’s seen very little of and he is controlled completely by his brother Rob.
We witness a lot of blood on these pages and you understand Michael’s visceral reactions to Rob’s taunting and you know he will do anything to stay alive. This is a difficult book to read and the fact that it is presented as an everyday scenario is even more difficult to comprehend.
It is well-written and holds together satisfactorily and the storyline is strong, it’s not just a string of horrible incidents strewn together and the ending will leave you shuttered. Obviously it won’t be to everyone’s taste and you will need a strong stomach and is definitely not for the faint-hearted. It is well done and I highly recommend it.
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