If I had to sum up Jack Kilborn’s Afraid in one word, that word would be brutal.
It’s been a while since I’ve read horror, though I devoured it in my younger years, and now I don’t remember why I gave up on it. A market glutted by crappy King-wannabes, I think. I’ve had Joe Hill’s Heart-Shaped Box on the iTouch for a while, but hadn’t read it. I’m reading it now, thanks to being brought back to the genre by Kilborn.
It took me a little while to get into Afraid, not because it wasn’t engaging, but because it was so intense I had to read it in short segments. Then I reached a point where I couldn’t put it down.
It was relentless. And gory. There were places I was literally turning my face away from the page, cringing, while still reading with my peripheral vision because I couldn’t stop.
Deliciously terrifying. Stomach-turning. Disturbing.
Afraid was brutal on so many levels, and I highly recommend it. Wicked awesome book.
ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? YOU WILL BE . . .
Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out, this peaceful town has never needed a full-time police force. Until now . . .
A helicopter has crashed near Safe Haven and unleashed something horrifying. Now this merciless force is about to do what it does best. Isolate. Terrorize. Annihilate. As residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence, Safe Haven’s only chance for survival will rest with an aging county sheriff, a firefighter, and a single mom. And each will have this harrowing thought: Maybe death hasn’t come to their town by accident . . .