This is an ARC I got at Comic Con and wow. That’s all I can say about this book, Breed by Chase Novak (pen name for author Scott Spencer). I’m going to include the synopsis, because I don’t know what else to say right now:
Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don’t have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.
This book was like nothing else I’ve ever read. When you take fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth you already have some really intense themes going on but this was more than I expected. See, I’ve read the big names in horror and thrillers: Stephen King, Chuck Pahliunuk, Dean Koontz. This is the creepiest book I’ve ever read, by far. This is going to make the book sound terrible, but a fellow horror fan will understand what I’m saying: this book was disgusting, horrifying, and haunting. In the best way, I loved this book and I could barely put it down.
The author doesn’t fall back on the ick-factor to make up for a lack of plot or character depth. The story has great forward motion and the characters are multi-faceted and interesting. I loved the direction the book went and I can tell the author was passionate about this story, he told it with fervor. Usually when I’m reading I pick actors to play the characters in my head depending on how I picture them. The characters in this book were so outrageous and crazy that it was so hard to picture any human even pretending to do what they did. However, for some reason I definitely chose Chris Messina as Michael Medoff, the teacher.
I would definitely recommend this book to any horror fan… but not to someone with a weak stomach! You can pre-order the book here (the book comes out on September 4). Another aspect to this book is that amid all the gruesomeness there was a lot of humor. I actually found myself laughing throughout the story! The humor was dark and sarcastic, here’s an example that I had to post on Instagram because it had me laughing out loud:
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