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Today we have a book review for The Litter by Kevin R. Doyle. We did a bookblast for this horror a few days ago. You can check it out here and enter the giveaway to enter a giftcard and oo an ebook copy of the book.
In the ghetto part of the city, known as The Zone, there has always been crime. But recently, there has been a number of strange deaths and the locals are talking. The local officers are baffled, but higher up the chain of command there is a concern and an attempt to keep information on these murders under wraps and out of the news.
Karen Bannister works at the local shelter. Trying to move on from her own trauma, she wants to mend her relationship with her father and help the people of the zone. When a young boy from the shelter goes missing, she starts a mission to find him and stumbles into a strange nightmare where several people around her are murdered in a strange manner.
Can the murders be linked to other missing persons in the area? Why are the residents of the zone scared? Will Karen make it out alive?
Well, firstly, I went into reading The Litter expecting something a little different. I was reading and thinking, I know where this is going, and was completely surprised twice.
The pacing of the story, I feel, was fast-paced and consistent. Doyle spent equal time on the main characters, and readers will stay interested throughout. Once I started, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I think readers will become as invested in most of the characters as I was.
My favorite character is found in later chapters. I don’t want to tell you about him because it would be a major spoiler, but I think he is the coolest character. I would love to read a story just about him!
My second favorite character is Karen. She is unbelievably cool under pressure. I feel for her because the past year has really been crap for her. I have several favorite parts of this book, one of them is the first interaction between Karen and Jared. She wants him to come to his own conclusion as she tells him what happen one night, and to me, that showed how intelligent her character is.
This book left me with the feeling there may be a sequel. I hope so, I have a few questions that are skirling ( I like this word) in my brain. Doyles’ writing conveys horror well, at times making the skin crawl, and flows easily for readers. I was able to read The Litter in about a day and a half and kept up with its twists and turns.
The cover art is illustrated by artist Teresa Tunaley. She has an impressive body of work and this cover is no exception. After reading the book, then going back to looking at the cover art, it changed the scenes a little for me. In my head, they didn’t look so foreboding and formidable compared to their descriptions. But read the description and look at the picture and the creepy factor goes up.
In conclusion, this novel would be great for reader teen to adults that enjoy horror. Trigger warnings for mentions of sex workers, drug addicts, dealers, and homeless people. There is little to no explicit speech (the b-word multiple times) and no sex scenes. The descriptions for the death scenes are not overdone. You may not have nightmares, but you will remember them.
Most readers know I tend to be a logophile. I absolutely love words. But I also don’t always remember the cool words I have come across. So it feels like I found a new word to love when I found it three years earlier.
Well, in The Litter, I found at least 10 words that I enjoyed. I remembered seven of them! My new words I liked are Passel, Panoply, and Atavist. After defining Atavist, I feel like I have heard it before, but I don’t know.
Now I’d like to hear from you.
Will you add The Litter by Kevin R. Doyle to yiur TBR pile? What did you think of the review? Let me know in the comments below. You can check out the book blast for your chance to win
Author Kevin R. Doyle will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner, and a second drawing for a free e-Book copy of the book, via rafflecopter during the tour.
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