For those of you who have followed this blog for a while, you know my system. For those of you who are new, the short and sweet:
I will never give a book a 5 star review, nor will I ever give it a 1 star review. Both of these represent the polarised version of the rating system and usually contain things like OH EM GEE THIS IS THE BEST THING EVAR or, in the case of the 1 star reviewer OH EM GEE THIS AUTHOR IS SHIT. Neither of these things is helpful, so, I rate on a 1.5 to 4.5 scale and try to keep things as objective as possible. This is my rating system and should, in no way, shape your own.
And now you know.
Now, to the book.
I am in love with Tonia Brown. For seriously. She is the kind of author I want to be when I grow up. She is one of those people that has a rare talent of dragging you, kicking and screaming, into a book and not letting you go until you’ve been bled dry. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll enjoy the trip.
Something is devouring Milo, and this time it isn’t just his guilty conscience.
Meet the Bentley brothers; Milo, a troubled young man who slaughters women at the behest of his cruel older brother, Spencer. Their already complicated lives slip into a spiral of madness when Milo is attacked by a werewolf during a routine body disposal. While Milo is unsure what is happening to him, Spencer finds he prefers the company of the wolf, and does everything he can to keep Milo from discovering the truth. The truth, however, is a complication all its own, with or without the beast.
The family that preys together stays together, in this wild take on the werewolf mythology.
The only problem I’ll have with this review is trying to give it without giving too much away. If I’m vague, I’m sorry. It’s a short read, but well worth it.
I don’t like either of the characters. Spencer is an asshole and Milo is a simpering strong man that may or may not have something wrong with his head in the ‘slower than average’ nature. In spite of this, I found myself drawn to them and needing to understand the motivations they have for the rape and violent killing of women. Spencer says they deserve it, and Milo has…….urges. His brother preys on the urges and selects women for his brother to rape and kill whilst he watches, making his brother bury them in the back of “The Shack” where no policeman in his right mind would care to look.
While digging the latest grave, lamenting that his diabetes knocked him flat on his ass, Milo encounters a wolf. A big wolf that wouldn’t mind too terribly eating him and his brother.
What follows is a tale frought with lies, bad dreams, manipulation and realisation. Was it a werewolf that got Milo, or something much, much worse?
When I want horror, I turn to Tonia. She never fails to deliver. I stayed up all night reading because, dear Jesus if I went to sleep I would have terrible dreams of big things padding around outside my house and howling.
Thank you very much no.
It will chill you, thrill you, and make you yell OH SHIT! at the end.
1.99 on Amazon. You won’t be disappointed.