Book Review – Seed by Ania Ahlborn

Seed by Ania Ahlborn

Seed by Ania Ahlborn

The blurb terrorises:

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.

The blurb isn’t lying, but I still somehow ended up with a wrong impression of what this book was going to be like.

I’m not sure what I expected, but this is a horror novel.  I do not like horror.

It’s a book about a father watching something horrible happen to his children, and I’m a father who does not want to watch something horrible happen to his children.  It took me an unusually long time to read this book because I don’t want things like that in my head.

The book is set in The South (specifically Georgia and Louisiana).  If there was one thing that could have raised my estimation of the book, it would have been that it was true to the setting.  I’m hardly an expert, but I do live in Georgia and it didn’t really feel like it took place in The South to me.  The biggest contribution of the setting seemed to be that the house the characters lived in was isolated, but that could be true of rural anywhere.

Finally, there are a bunch of unanswered questions and inconsistencies, which is just annoying.

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