The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn
The bird eater is the story of Aaron Holbrook, who experienced tragedy as a kid and has come back to his hometown after the death of his son. He blames himself for the boy’s death and that comes through loud and clear with his self destructive behavior.
Instead of finding himself, along with a bit of peace for his troubled mind, in his hometown he finds a darkness he wasn’t expecting in the form of disturbing visions and a strange boy who seems to have a vendetta against him for some reason he can’t comprehend.
The beginning: The start of this book really drew me in, slapped me around a little, and left me for dead. I couldn’t have asked for more.
The strange boy: Ahlborn really brings the creepy kid to life with her story telling. I’m not going to say too much about the kid though. I don’t want to ruin it for you.
The ending: The ending reminded me a bit too much of Ahlborn’s first book: Seed. That’s not a knock in itself. Seed is a great book–I highly recommend it in fact. I just didn’t care for the final chapter of this one. It was boring and told me mostly what I would have assumed anyway. The perfect place to end it would have been just before the final chapter. It still would have felt a bit like Seed, but in a much more subtle and understated way–a way that would have had a far greater impact on me.
Characters making bad decisions: Some of the choices made by the characters–some to drive the story forward, others not so much–seemed to defy all sense of logic.
This is a solid book that sits squarely in the horror genre. Even with its faults (as I see them) it was a great read and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants a new twist on a haunted house story.