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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kin - Kealan Patrick Burke

*****5 Purple People Eater Stars*****

Hmmm….how do I start a review off when it deals with a family who capture, rape, torture and then eat only people.  This is a religion and they are doing God’s work by riding the world of one’s who don’t follow in the true ways. all I have to say about this book!  The author didn’t just write about the victims’ torture but started up AFTER.  This book deals with stories of the victims after living through a nightmare along with everyone else in their lives and how they are all affected by the aftermath. The author deals with the anger that turns into rage which make normal people resort to murder in order for revenge.

This book kept me interested about 90% of the time but there were instances where I did skim some paragraphs because of a bit of fluff by diving deep into a psyche, but overall the story was fantastic!

Warning...this book is not for the faint of heart or stomach.  There are graphic details about cannibalism and torture.

Claire, 19 years old, was able to get away from the family who killed her friends and almost her.  She was on the verge of death when Pete and his father, Jack, rescue her from the road and get her to the docs.  She ends up losing fingers, toes and her eye has been cut out.  This is Claire’s story and how she deals with returning home and the guilt which plagues her since she is still alive and her friends aren’t.  The anger and rage build up within her and she knows that she will never live a normal life unless she does something about that family.

Pete is a simple-minded teenaged farmer who automatically falls in love with Claire.  He feels the need to take care of her and dreams about her voice, her touch and her kiss.  While driving Claire from Doc’s to the hospital, Claire wakes up and tells Pete to visit her in Ohio when this is all over.  Pete takes her seriously and vows to get revenge on the family that did this to her along with keeping his promise to visit Claire.

Luke is part of the family who abducted Claire and her friends.  When he follows Claire after her escape and lets her get away, Luke has to deal with the wrath of his family and finding Claire again along with all the people she came in contact with so it doesn’t get traced back to them.  Luke starts to question his father’s teachings about the “wolves” of the world and whether what they are doing is right or wrong.

Finch is Daniel’s older brother and wants revenge for the death of his brother by the hands of this sadistic family.  He tries to get help from Claire but Claire’s older sister is keeping Finch away from her.  Claire finally sneaks away from the house and gives Finch her blessing to seek vengeance on the family.  She tells him as much as she can remember.

Louise is Pete’s second mother and ran away from Pete’s father to start a life in Detroit with a new man.  The thing is though….this man is abusive to Louise but she loves him anyway.  Unexpectedly, Pete shows up at her door with bad news about his dad and asks for her help in getting to Ohio to see Claire.  Louise risks her own life to help Pete fulfill his promises.

These are the main characters in the book and we meet many others throughout the story.  There is Momma-in-Bed who can’t get out of  her own bed and between the bed sores and excrements, she is now molded into the bed. (Yeah gross) and then we have Pappa-in-Gray who claims to see angels telling him to kill and eat people.  Yeah, we have those and many more that weave themselves in and out of the book.

If you love psychological thrillers with a bit of gore, then this is definitely the book for you!

About this Author

Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels (Master of the Moors, Currency of Souls, Kin, The Living, and Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn), over a hundred short stories, four collections (Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, Theater Macabre, and The Novellas), and editor of four acclaimed anthologies (Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now: A Tribute to Charles L. Grant, Brimstone Turnpike, and Tales from the Gorezone, proceeds from which were donated to children's charity PROTECT.)

Kealan has worked as a waiter, a drama teacher, a mapmaker, a security guard, an assembly-line worker at Apple Computers, a salesman (for a day), a bartender, landscape gardener, vocalist in a grunge band, and, most recently, a fraud investigator. He also played the male lead in Slime City Massacre, director Gregory Lamberson's sequel to his cult B-movie classic Slime City, alongside scream queens Debbie Rochon and Brooke Lewis.

When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlemon Design. To date he has designed covers for books by Richard Laymon, Brian Keene, Scott Nicholson, Bentley Little, William Schoell, and Hugh Howey, to name a few.

In what little free time remains, Kealan is a voracious reader, movie buff, videogamer (Xbox), and road-trip enthusiast.

A movie based on his short story "Peekers" is currently in development through Lionsgate Entertainment.

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