It is not often that a book can truly creep me out – but this one certainly had its moments.
Jack has long ago escaped from his past and is living a decent enough life, raising a young family in Louisiana. Whatever it was that haunted Jack as a child seems to have returned, this time, it has taken a hold of his 6 year-old daughter Charlie.
SEED is a tale of demonic possession and psychosocial warfare told brilliantly by author Ania Ahlborn – who I had never heard about until hearing about this book. It definitely calls to mind The Omen and The Exorcist.
This book grabbed my attention from the very first page. Characterization is solid throughout and by the time the ending of the book arrives – I didn’t know what hit me, and the impact it had was a nice, morbid surprise.
As mentioned in my intro, SEED is creepy as hell in parts. The tension that builds within the young family in the story is almost agonizing – and the mixed emotions with regards to a sweet little girl being taken over by something very dark and vile was something disturbing to read.
The ending packed a serious punch. It felt like I was kicked in the balls, punched in the gut and had my soul torn out all at the same time. There were stretches in the story that I thought were “Ho-hum, this is fun but I’ve heard this story many times before,” – but the end result was top notch horror writing at almost its best.
SEED is highly recommended for anyone looking for something that may offer some genuine scares and uncomfortable moments. Ania Ahlhorn is a writer i’ll be keeping my eye on.
– JP THORN