Every year, thousands of children are killed...by their own parents. Now, Shane Wills is about to discover why, as he comes under attack from an evil that has existed since the beginning of time. An evil that invades loving parents and turns them into something else. An evil that feeds on the blood and despair of dying children. An evil that most people will never know, because they cannot perceive… the APPARITION.My Thoughts: Okay. <--this is me getting my thoughts together. Okay. <--still gathering those thoughts. I think I need to start out by saying that the subject matter here is dark. Very dark. As a parent, it's one of those horrible, creepy, awful subjects that give me the full-on shudders. It works beautifully as a horror story, don't get me wrong, mostly because it's SO disturbing. I mean, the idea that an outside force could infect a parent and force them to kill the thing they love the most... it's frightening. And that's exactly what makes this book so effective.
The story starts with a bang. Or a slash. And a stab. There's a lot of blood. Some screaming. It pretty much rocks the 'horrible things' angle. Plus, there are bugs. Bugs and I do not get along. Basically, I'm saying that EVERYTHING in the beginning worked to create a high level of tension that just kept building and building as the story progressed. The tidbits at the beginning of each chapter where particularly gruesome, mostly because they were culled from real life events.
There are several twists and turns that took me by surprise. There were several moments that resonated nicely (the teenage daughter not being believed despite telling the absolute truth -- because the truth was so unbelievable) and the breaks with reality that Shane kept experiencing left you wondering what was real and what wasn't.
Bottom line: While the subject matter is dark, the book delivers on the kills and thrills in a big way!
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