My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was another spur of the moment purchase I snagged as an Amazon Daily Deal one morning. Seed is Ania Ahlborn’s debut novel and she is off to a strong start. With a writing style, characters, and a plat reminiscent of Stephen King, Seed did not disappoint.
Jack left his childhood home and never looked back. In doing so, he believes he has left behind a past full of dark deeds and terrible family secrets. Now an adult he and his wife Amy have two daughters, Abby and Charlie. After spending years watching and waiting to see if either of his daughters will show signs of his own damaged traits, Jack falls into a false sense of security with each passing birthday.
Following a freak accident the night of Charlie’s fifth birthday, Jack’s world is once again turned upside down. Charlie becomes a child Jack no longer recognizes, literally. Jack’s wife Amy is terrified of her “new” daughter and Abby becomes an unwilling player in Charlie’s game.
Jack must now face his past and find out who he is now and who he was before. He must face devastating truths about himself and discover long forgotten family secrets. He must confront Mr. Scratch and make a gut-wrenching decision about his daughter. Jack must make life changing choices to save what he has left and pray it is not too late.
In spite of being a tad on the predictable side, Seed does well as a horror/suspense novel. Ahlborn does a brilliant job blurring the lines of good and evil. Although I could see the end result coming from a mile away, I was still utterly taken aback by the events that got me there. These twisted, nearly improbable actions, the blending of good and bad, and the description of the impish demon Mr. Scratch made it impossible for me not to think back to Pennywise the clown and many other Stephen King creations.
This book is not for the faint of heart. There is gore, a lot of gore, but the book would not be the same without the blood and guts. There is language, violence, abuse, death, and the occult which many may find offensive. I have given fair warning.
Seed is one of the better horror novels I have read in a long time. The undecipherable line between good and evil, the predictable yet surprising ending that left me wondering long after I was finished and a cast of characters that made me question my own beliefs about them are all things I require in a book. In a world of romantic horror stories filled with petty vampires, pretty boy werewolves, and happy endings, Seed is a refreshingly terrifying story of unhappy endings.