#allthebookreviews – Kin by Kealan Patrick Burke

Just because October is over doesn’t mean we’re done with horror!

KIN by Kealan Patrick Burke

Chandra and I are avid horror junkies. Give us all the gore, grime, and cringe-worthy books! This one did not disappoint

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Chandra’s Thoughts: 4/5 stars

Phew – this book starts out right into the grime and horror filled story that I have always loved.  We get introduced to Claire, the only survivor of the Elkwood massacre… and this cannibalistic family is coming for her.  EEK!  The author then introduces other key characters and we see this story through various points of view.

What I loved about this book is that we start at her escape.  There are some flashbacks, but mostly this book is based on the aftermath and how it makes an impact a variety of people.  The gore is dispersed in pieces throughout the novel.  When the author gives it to you, he REALLY gives it to you.  I should NOT have been eating during the “rebirth” scene.😓 Burke gives a fantastic mixture of horror, revenge, post traumatic stress, survivor’s guilt, those who just want to do “right” splattered with religious cannibals led by Papa-in-Grey and Momma-in-Bed.  **shiver**

I’m not sure what this says about me as a person, but I would’ve liked a little bit more gore.  The parts that were in there definitely delivered – but it also made me hunger for more of it!  It’s a great conversation starter… AND stopper.  While waiting for someone, I couldn’t help but pull the book out of my bag to read.  Quite frankly, drinking whiskey while reading this is highly recommended!  An old gentleman at the bar interrupts me after a couple of chapters (as readers, don’t we just all LOVE that 😠) and says, “Hey sweetheart.  That must be a good book.  You seem really into it.  What’s it about?”  Deadpan stare: “cannibals.”  That was the end of that!😇

This is the perfect book for those who like movies such as Wrong Turn, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and We Are What We Are.  Ed Gein elements clearly are included.  I’m off to satiate my hunger with MORE of Burke’s books.  Horror fans, GET IN HERE!

My Thoughts: 4/5 stars

When a book has a cover like this and has fellow gore fans loving it, then I knew I needed to pick up KIN by Kealan Patrick Burke. Hearing comparisons to Texas Chainsaw Massacre was enough to grab my interest! The gorier and scarier the better, if you ask me.

This book starts out with a bang! Claire and her friends are hiking through Alabama when they, unfortunately, cross paths with a family of cannibal hillbillies. Sounds great, right? Well, Claire loses more than just her friends that day – but she manages to make it out of there alive. The book starting with a mutilated Claire on the side of the road is definitely attention grabbing and the reader knows they’re in for a ride. Now the cannibalistic Merrill family is coming for her.

We are introduced to more characters that are also seeking vengeance on this murderous and completely demented family. Mama-in-bed and Papa-in-gray are the heads of this twisted family and their impression will definitely stay with the readers. It’s so hard to say more about what happens without giving away the gruesome events. I did enjoy the multiple view points of the different characters. We got to see through the eyes of the victims of the Merrill family, as well as some of the family members.

This book is one that fans of gore and horror will love. The comparisons to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn, and Deliverance are spot on. Burke does a great job setting the scene and pulling the reader into that house. We experience the emotions the characters do and it will leave an eerie impression.

Overall, if you like gore and cannibal horror movies, then this needs to be on your list!

 

Time to go find more books by Kealan Patrick Burke!!

–Jess

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