A teenage girl is found wandering alone; nude, battered, missing an eye. Her friends murdered, her captors hot on her trail, she escapes to live another day with the help of an old man and his son.
KIN is the best book I’ve read this year.
Not only did KIN keep me glued to my kindle, Burke’s detailed descriptions horrified me and turned my stomach. I could almost smell the rancid stench of “Mama-in-bed” and nearly gagged along with her son Luke, when he tasted the putrid funk infusing the air of her room.
Without giving away any of the plot, I have to say that the moments leading up to Luke’s “rebirth” is quite possibly the best and most unsettling scene I have ever read in a book. Just the thought of this scene disturbed me for days. So much so, in fact, I had to read it to a few others to disturb them as well. A good disturbance is meant to be shared.
Burke’s writing style has a unique descriptive quality, both horror and non-horror. In perfect contrast to the more shocking descriptions, I found quite a few beautifully written lines, such as, ” … consciousness flickering like a candle flame in a draft.” and “The breeze snatched the smoke from the car, dragging it into the rain.”
This author’s ability to make me love, hate, and empathize with his characters is incredible. In the end, I actually felt sorry for one of those murderous bastards and found myself cheering for him.
Contrary to a statement an Amazon reviewer posted, the family as a unit, did not approve nor condone incest. These people were sick, murderous, and cannibalistic, but inner family relations were harshly dealt with. As a Southern girl, I am pleased that Mr. Burke did not fall into this type of stereotypical behavior with the characters of this story. Yeah, yeah, I know, but I am ok with reading about murder and cannibalism. We all have our demons.
I give this one a firm 5 stars. In all honesty, I absolutely loved this novel, but if you are easily disturbed, this book may not be for you.
Otherwise, read it! 🙂
You can also learn more about Kealan Burke on his website.