“First, they captured small animals. Then, they moved on to bigger prey. Now the backwoods family that slays together stays together for one last midnight snack: a pair of unsuspecting travellers whose ritual torture and sacrifice will only intensify the demonic clan’s cravings…for more. Yeah, they’re dead…they’re all messed up.”
I was excited for this book. I love the basic plot of a family of serial killers that hunts together through either some religious zealously or through family tradition. This book promised me that. Problem was that the book fell short by a great deal both in the plot and the execution.
My first issue was the feminist issues that I have to raise YET AGAIN. The molestation and rape of women was yet again a huge plot driving force. One of the girls would not have been captured if her step-father did not try to rape her. The girls attempted to use their sexuality to trick the men into having sex with them to get away, despite one of the girls being a die hard catholic (who had already committed the sin of adultery). The girl’s religion only came up when it came to her sex life and when she was praying. Why does her sex life matter in the plot outside of objectifying her to make her more interesting instead of creating an actual character?
The plot fell short because the author built up a rich back story to the reason why the family hunted, but stopped short of explaining how and why the family had a cult following. There is also the issue of explaining the mother. Seriously, what is up with the mother?
The ending was a good one. It left right in the middle of the action and allowed the reader to guess what would happen to the last girl which is probably more frightening than what the author would have described. I like the author’s writing style, but I don’t think this story did justice to how he writes. There are too many secondary characters that were given large back stories that did not need to have them. There was literally a throw away character that was in love with the sister of the killing family. There was no need for him to exist, but he was given a good chunk of back story that really didn’t need to be known to advance the plot and have the story be horrific.
I really did want to like this book, but instead I feel meh about it. It wasn’t amazing and it wasn’t the worst thing I have read. It wasn’t scary or boring. It was too middle ground on everything.
2.5 out of 5 stars. I wouldn’t recommend this book, but I would discourage people from reading it either.
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