SEED | Ania Ahlborn
07.17.2021 | 47North
Rating: 4/5 stars
Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was just a boy with nothing but the clothes on his back and something horrific snapping at his heels. As he watched the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. 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 can’t stop thinking about what he saw on the road that night. A profound evil from his past won’t let them die. Not until it feeds its hunger.
Ania Ahlborn has easily topped the list as one of my favorite horror authors. Every time I pick up one of Ahlborn’s books I know I’m about to be transported in an atmospheric story, be it the heart of Appalachia, an isolated cabin in Colorado, or the Southern Gothic tension that embodies SEED. From the moment the first few chapters kick off the reader can feel the tension and the lurking evil surrounding Jack Winter and his family. It takes a lot to leave me unsettled while reading and this story absolutely succeeded. What did it for me was the creep factor that I couldn’t escape. No matter what was happening in the story I constantly felt a sense of dread that something bad could happen at any moment. I loved being inside Jack’s head, learning his story, and watching his journey. While I didn’t always agree with the choices he made, I couldn’t stop reading.
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