Book Review: Brother by Ania Ahlborn

Title: Brother

Author: Ania Alhborn

Genre: Thriller

Story: A family of murderers living in the hills of West Virginia know no limits when it comes to inflicting harm and terror on women in the area. Each family member has a role to play in the horrors, but eventually it becomes apparent that the end agenda for each is conflicting.

What Worked: From the very beginning, this book held me captive. I’ve never read a novel from the perspective of a murderer – just the typical “hero” or detective trying to solve the crime. My stomach was knotted the entire time, and a glass of wine was necessary throughout. When I’m reading a thriller, I’m looking for 1) Gruesome 2) Suspense 3) Great Story 4) Cringe-worthy details and Brother definitely delivers. The character development is fantastic, and not just of the main character, but every single last deranged one of them in the novel. The transformations are nothing short of amazing, and super creeptastic.

What Needed Work: I truly have no complaints about this novel, but because my platform is asking me to divulge my worst thoughts about the book, I will say that the ending was poetic – but not what I had envisioned. I’m not really sure what I envisioned, and not sure I would have wanted it any other way, I just felt like, uggggh, as I read the last line…like…this cannot be the way this ends….Some people appreciate those types of endings, But I couldn’t help reading through every last word of the acknowledgements and   publishers info to find some answers.

Overall: This is the first book I have read by Ania, but I plan to read the rest of them (The Bird Eater, The Shuddering).

Rating: 4.5/5

If You Wanna Read: Amazon Link

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

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