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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 what's buried in the Morrows' backyard.

But 19-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 place....

©2015 Ania Ahlborn (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"This relentlessly grim tale is most definitely not for the squeamish, but it's nearly impossible to put down." (Publishers Weekly)

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Very messed up book!

Book grabbed my attention from the start and flew through it in 3 days. Definitely recommend if looking for a jacked up book to keep your mind wondering!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Worth the credit.

In my love them or leave them world - this was a love them book. I notice many reviewers seem to leave a critique of the book - and if I am supposed to do that - pardon me.

I feel as though my responsibility to another potential reader is not to provide a step by step "grading" of the book but to simply state if I personally enjoyed the book and thought it was both time and money well spent.

In this case Brother meets both of those criteria and I am glad that it is now a part of my library.

16 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Why??? It was so close

Great story. The narrator was the death of this book. I won't listen to anything else he narrates.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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ATE IT RIGHT UP

Another great Ania Alhborn title. With finely realized characters and a hefty dose of place and time, Brother is suspensful and subtle (but not too boringly subtle), and will certainly appeal to fans of horror and dark suspense. The novel may not appeal to those who need a solid line between the bad and the good, but I think most will find this novel well worth the price of admission.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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meh

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

it had the potential to be a good story...maybe...it just wasn't very good

What was most disappointing about Ania Ahlborn’s story?

So predictable, you could see early on what was going to happen then it took FOREVER to get there.

What didn’t you like about Paul Boehmer’s performance?

it was almost too dramatic

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None come to mind

Any additional comments?

Aspen's don't grow in West Virginia...the author might want to research her locations a little better...little stuff like that just bugs me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dark and Twisted Tale

A young abducted boy named Michael grows up as the adopted son in a family riddled with psychopaths. The story itself was an interesting horror thriller that hits harder in retrospect. Characters play out their lives without really understanding their deeds until later in the story, when some of those horrible deeds become utterly horrific. The narrator was okay, but odd bits of an accent, that didn't go with the story, the characters, or even with the rest of the general narration, would break through. The beginning of the story seemed to be especially problematic for the narrator to keep consistent.

Be warned that this book is very dark, violent, gruesome, and even stomach turning. It's got a Texas Chainsaw Massacre, House of 1000 Corpses, Wrong Turn, horror movie vibe, that has been mashed together with traits possessed by some of the real world's most famous serial killers, and it is held together with intense deadly family disfunction, abuse, and Stockholm syndrome.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Siblings

from the reviews that I read I really expected this book to be frightening but I found it somewhat annoying because I don't think under the circumstances would it take someone that long to come to their senses and fight for their life . I gave it two stars

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WOW!!!

This book was awesome! The story line was different from anything I've ever read before and I've read some really messed up books. What's most scary about this book is that there are probably people out there that are really like this family. The ending was amazing and took me totally by surprise. I would definitely recommend this book!

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wow just wow

What sick and twisted mastermind weaved this horror together. amazing. well done. What sick and twisted mastermind weaved this horror together. amazing. well done.

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This is a winner - first book by this author

If you could sum up Brother in three words, what would they be?

Disturbing<br/>Heartbreaking<br/>Fast paced

What other book might you compare Brother to and why?

The Woman

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Voice was very austere considering the subject matter

If you could take any character from Brother out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Michael

Any additional comments?

This is my first book by Ahlborn. It was available on Amazon for $2, anything is worth $2 right? This book was worth so much more. <br/><br/>First the book is extremely well written. The character development is off the hook. We get to know each and every person represented in this novel and there are twists and turns throughout the entire process. <br/><br/>Ahlborn somehow managed to make me have empathy for a group of people who were by most despicable at best. They are evil, they are cruel...but she paints a picture of the history of these people and makes you understand why they do what they do. Doesn't make it right, but at least we understand.<br/><br/>Michael broke my heart from the first telling of his story as a child, my heart broke for him. His heartfelt struggle to rise above the violence and destitution of that family despite what he had grown up in was admirable. The revelation at the end almost made me sick.<br/><br/>I loved this book and will read more of her novels.