Cringe worthy – but in a good way – “The Bird Eater” by Ania Ahlborn

I love to read, and my favorite genre is horror.  But good horror is hard to find.  So I am always on the lookout for a new author to add to my “must read list” because Stephen King, while prolific, simply isn’t going to publish a book every two weeks.  When Amazon offered Prime members a free book in March I was very excited to see that “The Bird Eater” was listed as horror and thought I would give it a try.  I am so glad I did.

“The Bird Eater” is the tale of Aaron Holbrook, a grief crippled father who lost his only son in a car crash in which he was the driver.  Now, a struggling alcoholic, Aaron has returned to his hometown to deal with his past “demons” at the recommendation of his psychologist.  And demons he has.  I will not spoil the surprise for you because you must read the book, but Aaron’s past is less like a painting by Thomas Kinkaide and more Edvard Munch.

Creepy, disturbing, sometimes downright icky, the book is definitely scary.  In fact, it is one of the scariest books I have read in a long time.  Ahlborn is like an artist, her writing is so evocative that I could truly “see” the images she created, using words as her brush and paint.  It was one of those books that had me reading at all hours, where I kept saying “just one more chapter” because I couldn’t wait to see where the author was taking me next.

Thank you Amazon, for introducing me to my new favorite horror author.  I have already started another one of her books and plan to finish them all in quick succession.  If you like horror and are not afraid of a little gore, I highly recommend this book.  I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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