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Brother av Ania Ahlborn
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Brother (utgåvan 2015)

av Ania Ahlborn (Författare)

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Fiction. Horror. Literature. Suspense. HTML:From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a terrifying novel that follows a teenager determined to break from his family's unconventional??and deeply disturbing??traditions.
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.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn't like the rest of his family. He doesn't take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he's sure that someday he'll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he's immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he's become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his pl
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Medlem:megmay82
Titel:Brother
Författare:Ania Ahlborn (Författare)
Info:Gallery Books (2015), 336 pages
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3.5 stars

Nature vs nurture, but.. In a horror/dark setting... I think is the best way I can describe it.

This would make a fantastic horror movie. ( )
  filemanager | Nov 29, 2023 |
This book was rec'd by many people saying it was nightmare enducing and would generally mess me up. I; however, was not impressed. Yeah, the story was messed up, and the ending was so bleak, but this was just okay.

Without completely spoiling, this reminded me of episode 15 of Supernatural, "The Benders." There's a bit more to it than that, but if you know, you know. ( )
  ViragoReads | Mar 20, 2023 |
Dark

Really dark and disturbing. Who writes this stuff!?! Like a really gory movie that you just can't stop watching. Didn't see the end coming. ( )
  Jen-Lynn | Aug 1, 2022 |
The Morrows "don't have much" according to Michael, and when asked what he does he replies that he "catches things." Yes he sure does. He catches things for his momma. Things that cry and beg for their lives but are shown no mercy. Momma Claudine definitely wears the pants in this deranged psychotic family and if you don't want to be on the wrong end of her knife you'll do what she says.
Big brother Reb has his own ideas of who should be the boss. He also has a murderous plan for revenge that he's been plotting for years and it's all starting to come together. Part of me wished it could end differently, and yet I must acknowledge that the ending was truly perfect.
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  IreneCole | Jul 27, 2022 |
Looking through the other reviews, I'm seeing either that readers love this novel, or are pissed with the teen angsty/why-doesn't-Michael-stand-up-for-himself aspects.

Personally, I enjoyed them. Of course, I'm coming at Michael from the aspect of having been bullied as a kid, and I totally get that, while he's the better hunter than Reb, and overall is the smarter of the two, he's gone through 17 of his 20 years being told he's a piece of shit, that he's worthless, with only his sister being kind to him. Hell, he's 20 years old and just saw his first movie in a theatre.

So, I completely bought into both his lack of confidence enough to stand up for himself (which, by the way, he did have moments of through the course of the novel. Small stands, but stands nonetheless) and the naivete and angsty romance he went through. Emotionally, he's obviously stunted.

Yep, I bought into it all.

As for the rest of the family? They were gloriously over the top and dysfunctional. They were horrifying and evil. I frigging loved them.

Then there was the ending. Two words: Ah. Mazing.

Seriously, there was very, very little wrong with this novel, and I think it delivers on the promised talent that each of Ahlborn's previous novels came close to, but didn't quite deliver on. This one did. This is the one I'd been waiting for. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
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Review by: Mark Palm
The Deepest Dark Part of the Forest.

I’ve been reading horror fiction for enough time to remember at least a few times when a “New Wave” swept through the genre, so I am not at all surprised that the phenomena seems to be happening again. I am not sure that writers like being affiliated with any such movements, but if Ania Ahlborn is considered one, then the latest wave is really going to be worth looking into, because Brother is one powerful novel; disturbing, violent, and as deep and dark as the wild woodland in which it is set. What makes it extra harrowing is that there isn’t even a peep of the supernatural in this chilling novel; all it’s evil takes place in the human heart.

Brother is the story of the Morrow family, as twisted a set of murderers as any, who live in a crooked house in the wilds of Appalachia. Mother Claudine, and the father, Wade, are unrepentant serial killers who send older son Ray, who calls himself Rebel, and younger son Michael out to kidnap girls for their mom to “play” with. Rebel joins in on the killing as well, but it’s Michael’s job to dispose of the girls once they are dead, one he does with joyless efficiency. In fact Michael and sister Misty Dawn seem to exist only as objects for the rest of the family to torment, so much so that Misty, in an act of crushing loneliness tries to seduce Michael, who is both tantalized and too terrified to act. Then Rebel, takes Michael with him to a tiny near-by town, Dahlia, where he has a secret girlfriend. That is where Michael meets Alice, who shows him the small wonders of a forbidden world, like goth rock, big macs, and a movie theatre. At first Michael is too stunned to do much more than stare in bewilderment at this fresh modern girl who seems to offer him a glimmer of hope for a normal life. Rebel, however, alternately bullying and cajoling, tries to prod Michael, who is more his servant than his brother, that the only way to get a girl like Alice is to make her one of the Family, and bring her into the fold.

Even in such a brutal book, Ms. Ahlborn’s characters help drive the narrative. Rebel is so compelling and evil that the power of his personality has collapsed in upon itself, and he is more a black hole than a human. Michael is a whipped dog, with a tiny spark of misplaced loyalty, and a strand of strength that makes his hopes poignant. Misty Dawn simply broke my heart.

The story, unbearably tense, is told mainly in 1980’s, but a handful of flashbacks that deal with Michael’s childhood, and eldest sister Lauralynn, who disappeared to live with Grandma and Grandpa, artfully reveals the underpinnings of the plot, and deftly foreshadows the story’s ending, which was, even in such a tough novel, both shocking and tragic. Ms. Ahlborn’s taut prose does an exceptional job of creating an atmosphere of unending fear and nervousness, as it seems it’s all that Michael can do to get through a day without being beaten or having to steal and kill. It’s really saying something that as twisted as this book was, the end still managed to catch me off guard and leave me breathless. The only thing that bothered me about this book is the thing that makes it so one-of-a-kind. It’s so bleak and unforgiving that although I have said it before I am really saying it now; this book is not for the faint of heart.
 
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Fiction. Horror. Literature. Suspense. HTML:From the bestselling horror author of Within These Walls and The Bird Eater comes a terrifying novel that follows a teenager determined to break from his family's unconventional??and deeply disturbing??traditions.
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.

But nineteen-year-old Michael Morrow isn't like the rest of his family. He doesn't take pleasure in the screams that echo through the trees. Michael pines for normalcy, and he's sure that someday he'll see the world beyond West Virginia. When he meets Alice, a pretty girl working at a record shop in the small nearby town of Dahlia, he's immediately smitten. For a moment, he nearly forgets about the monster he's become. But his brother, Rebel, is all too eager to remind Michael of his pl

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