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.