Author: Kealan Patrick Burke
Synopsis: On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers — a family of cannibalistic lunatics — are closing in.
A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder returns from Iraq to the news that his brother is among the murdered in Elkwood.
In snowbound Detroit, a waitress trapped in an abusive relationship gets an unexpected visit that will lead to bloodshed and send her back on the road to a past she has spent years trying to outrun.
And Claire, the only survivor of the Elkwood Massacre, haunted by her dead friends, dreams of vengeance... a dream which will be realized as grief and rage turn good people into cold-blooded murderers and force alliances among strangers.
It's time to return to Elkwood.
In the spirit of such iconic horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, Kin begins at the end and studies the possible aftermath for the survivors of such traumas upon their return to the real world — the guilt, the grief, the thirst for revenge — and sets them on an unthinkable journey... back into the heart of darkness.
Publisher: Cemetery Dance Publications
“He had not yet been educated on the kind of monsters who preyed on Samaritans.”
I received this copy of Kin from my Summer book swap buddy. When I opened the box and found it at the bottom, happy tears threatened my eyes. I have wanted this book for quite a while. It was on my list for the swap, so I didn't want to purchase it with the chance that my partner would have. Its been taunting me for the last three months!
Broken up into three parts, Kin brings us to small town Alabama where four young adults from Ohio, seeking adventure walk along the wrong road. Very reminiscent to Texas Chainsaw Massacre and House of 1000 Corpses, Claire is the only one to escape the cannibalistic insanity of the Merrill family. A local farmer and his boy, find her, then take her to the local doctor. Doing so sets off a chain of violent events.
In Part two, Claire copes with what has happened to her and her friends. We see more of Pete, the farmer's son, and his calling to justice for her. We are also introduced to the families of the victims, in particularly Finch, the older brother of Claire's boyfriend. A plan for justice and vengeance forms.
In Part three, the plan is set in motion. Like most plans, it doesn't go perfectly.
I enjoy KPB's style and use of language. It is beautifully simple. He has a talent for character and setting development without being long winded. You really hate the villains and relate to the justice seekers. I loved reading this book so much, I finished it in two sittings.
LBH, I love everything Kealan Patrick Burke does. He's perfect.