Published by 47North on May 28, 2011
Source: Kindle Unlimited, Obtained at BEA 2012
With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.
When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn’t divine intervention. The profound evil from his past won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.
Country comfort is no match for spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense in Ania Ahlborn’s tale of an ordinary man with a demon on his back. Seed plants its page-turning terror deep in your soul, and lets it grow wild.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Seed has been on my tbr shelves for awhile now, since I picked it up at BEA back in 2012. I’ve read and enjoyed other horror books by Ahlborn, but for some reason Seed remained on my shelf. I often “save” books for when I’m in the mood for a certain type of book, but then get distracted by other books that fit the mood, so books I was excited about gather dust. The story of my life, and probably some of yours.
But because Amazon knows how to get me to sell bits of my soul to them, I was able to download Seed in audio for free through Kindle Unlimited. And you know what’s even better than reading a horror or thriller book? That’s right, it’s listening to the book, especially if it’s a gray, rainy day, or a dark, stormy night.
Seed is basically a bogey man story. It focuses on a young, struggling couple and their two adorable little girls. They might be poor, but they’re pretty happy. Then a simple car accident brings up secrets from the dad’s past, secrets that begin to destroy the loving little family.
Besides horror, Seed is a mystery, and some of my favorite parts of the book were exploring Jack’s origins. The little girls were suitably creepy as only kids can be (honestly, horror movies with kids are always the scariest, right?!). The book is a quick read, and I may have liked a little more character development and I had a few questions (like why not wait until the girls were older), but it made for a great start to my Fall reading, since I read this back at the end of August (and in my mind, Fall starts September 1st). And the story has stuck in my mind these many months later, so that’s a pretty big accomplishment. I will definitely be reading more from Ania Ahlborn!
I think this was my first listen from Eric G. Dove, but he does a lot of mysteries, so I’m sure I’ll come across him again. He has a good voice for narration, a good one for horror in particular. His female voices leave a bit to be desired (for instance, I saw some romances he narrates on Audible, but I think I’ll pass on those).