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.
Published by digital sales, Permuted Press, Simon & Schuster on May 20, 2014
Genres: Adult, Horror
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From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction.
Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?
What would you do if your kids suddenly dropped dead? What if they came back and asked you for one thing, only one little thing to make them whole again? Would you give them anything for more time with them. Even if the time were measured not in years, months, weeks, or days, but in minutes? I shudder to think what would happen to anyone in that situation, let alone the entire world.
Suffer the Children was simply put one of the best horror novels I have ever read. I went into this book expecting to have my heart strings pulled, and maybe jump at the bumps in the night for a night or two. Instead I got an absolute and total mind bend. I was absolutely freaked out. The ambiance of the book starts of creepy and dark, and just spirals out of control.
My favorite books contain gore, horror, and chaos. All wrapped up in this horrible thing called feelings. DiLouie pours these things all over the pages and then sprinkles a cocktail of gun powder and gasoline on top. Then for the finale he lights the match. I can’t believe it he lit that match.
My stomach hurts. And not because I ate anything bad. It’s been hurting since I got to 50% in this book. It’s at that point that you know for sure that the outcome is going to be…what it is. I’m not saying the book is predictable. It’s not at all. I had a glimmer, a thought that the book would end the way it did, but I kept thinking. ‘Nah, he’s not gonna do that.’
This is my first book by Craig. And it’s very safe to say it won’t be my last. The writing was on point. He portrayed real people. The parents felt authentic, their actions were true to what I know as a parent, and the kids were definitely really kids. It made the whole thing like a hard punch to my gut.
The book is told in alternating third person POV. It was the perfect way to portray the story. It gave it the scope it needed to pull of such a huge tale. I can’t say that I was rooting for any particular character, none of them were very likable, but that’s because people aren’t very nice in situations like these. DiLouie showed us the humanity at it’s worst. Yet, there were glimpses of humanity at it’s best peppered through out.
Ultimately Suffer the Children was an amazingly well done novel. One that I very much enjoyed reading (that sounds/reads so wrong).
Thank you to the publishers and netgalley for allowing me to get a review copy of this book.