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The local sheriff of Dead River, Maine, thought he had killed them off ten years ago—a primitive, cave-dwelling tribe of cannibalistic savages. But somehow the clan survived. To breed. To hunt. To kill and eat. And now the peaceful residents of this isolated town are fighting for their lives…
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- ASIN : B00BT6VZZI
- Publisher : 47North; Reprint edition (March 12, 2013)
- Publication date : March 12, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1213 KB
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- Print length : 300 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #127,641 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
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OFFSPRING isn't a terrible novel - it's fairly well-paced, and the characters are interesting enough and generally identifiable. It just lacks OFF SEASON's visceral horror, which was all the more disturbing because of the family's matter-of-fact attitude toward human slaughter, butchery, and barbecue. This time around, it all feels a little sanitized, as if Ketchum has mellowed a bit in the years between the two novels. It's not that there isn't enough blood, gore, and depraved violence - there's plenty - but this time Ketchum wants his good guys to survive, and he wants the bad guys to get what's coming to them (including Claire's reprehensible soon-to-be-ex-husband, who is almost disgusting enough to join in the family festivities). It's just all a bit too cozy, a bit too movie-of-the week in its final act.
Ketchum is pretty clear in OFF SEASON that he sees depravity as part of the human condition - he wants his readers to squirm as much for their own voyeuristic thrill in witnessing the blood and guts, as they do for the gore itself. His villains are distinctly human, even if their humanity is hard to see, and his victims come close to embracing depravity in their desperation to stay alive. That's true in OFFSPRING, too, but on a much less horrific scale, and Ketchum seems to hold back instead of allowing his ultimate depravity run its natural course. This is a novel for those who can't quite stomach the death of a child or the brutal end of a hero.
Unfortunately, the cozy, comfortable ending of OFFSPRING works against its much darker message, and I felt more disconnected than horrified. If you've read OFF SEASON (which is a much better novel, on all levels), you will probably be entertained by this second outing in Dead River. But it's not what I expected, and it does have a been-there-done-that vibe that's hard to shake. Read OFF SEASON first - if you love it, pick this one up, too. But don't expect to be as impressed with the sequel.
Of all the kids and adults that go missing every day, how many wind up this way? Do we want to know, do we really want to know...?
The one thing that was killing me with this book is as soon as something big starts happening, the character in the middle of the fight goes off on some memory or tangent and yanks the reader out of the action and down memory lane with them. It happened at least 4 times and it caused me to just start skipping to get back to the literal bloody fight that was happening before the tangent.
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It’s helped by the fact that the writing has depth and intelligence and you’re never quite sure what the outcome will be.
A tense gruesome read.
If you like vicious murder, blood-sucking and molestation this is for you