Review: Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

August 15, 2014 Elyse's Reviews 1

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouieSuffer the Children by Craig DiLouie
on May 20, 2014
Genres: Horror
Pages: 352
Source: Netgalley
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One day, the children die. Three days later, they come back.
And ask for blood.
With blood, they stop being dead. They become the children they once were.
But only for a short time. 
Too soon, they die again. And need more blood to live ...

The average body holds ten pints of blood.
How far would you go for someone you love?

So I finished this some time ago, but I’m still finding it hard to put my feelings into cohesive sentences when it comes to this book. I’ll start with the obvious, the cover and blurb is exceptionally creepy. If I had to name one thing that throws me into a panic when it comes to the horror genre it’s creepy kids. So of course my instinct when I heard about this book was ‘I HAVE TO READ THIS,’ because you know…I’m a glutton for punishment like that. There’s not much I love more than the adrenaline rush of a good scary movie or horror novel.

This book is told in third person with alternating POVs and I’ll be honest when I say it took me a few chapters to get in the swing of things, but once I did there was no stopping. In the beginning DiLouie is merely taking us through the motions and daily lives of a few families letting us get to know them, settle in, and a get comfortable.  Suddenly one day when everyone is minding their own business all the children in the world drop dead. Say what? I think the picture that was painted for me at this point in the book is what has stayed with me the most. Can you imagine if every prepubescent child in the world just died. The funeral homes, the morgues, the hospitals -none of those places would have the capacity to handle that many deaths at one time. These children can’t be picked up by the city fast enough, cannot be buried fast enough because of the shear numbers of bodies – so they have to start digging mass graves. I can’t even fathom this situation. When these families have finally come to grips with what has happened to them the children begin to cry out and climb up from the soil. We’ve just been introduced to Herod, he’s a nasty illness. The children seem fine though.. until they start asking for blood.

And this is when my skin began to crawl where the true horror of the whole book began to set in. You begin to regret reading late at night, the fact that you turned the lights off, a scratch at the window, a bump down the hall, and it all starts spiraling out of control from here. There’s no sugar coating this story DiLouie pushes the envelope and shows us the nasty extremes that families would likely go to keep their children alive. Because frankly who would be able to deal with having their children die, come back, and then snatched away again if they didn’t provide them with the sustenance of blood? I never questioned the authenticity of his characters or their decisions, they were flawed, and they were real.

And just when you think things might turn out, this story goes out with a bang! Several of them in fact. I loved this book for all that it was, it was a true thrill ride that messed with my head.

About Craig DiLouie

Craig DiLouie is the author of zombie favorites THE INFECTION, THE KILLING FLOOR, THE RETREAT and TOOTH AND NAIL, as well as THE GREAT PLANET ROBBERY, a science fiction novel, and PARANOIA, a psychological thriller. His latest apocalyptic horror novel, SUFFER THE CHILDREN, was published May 2014.

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  • Autumn

    Loved this book as well. I was glad I was able to read and review it. It was a creepy book!!!