Author: Chase Novak
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don’t have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.
Ten years later, cosseted and adored but living in a house of secrets, the twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked into their rooms every night, with sounds coming from their parents’ bedroom getting progressively louder, more violent, and more disturbing.
Driven to a desperate search for answers, Adam and Alice set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the man and woman who raised them. Their discovery will upend everything they thought they knew about their parents and will reveal a threat so horrible that it must be escaped, at any cost.
What is this I don’t even.
This book was not at all what I was expecting it to be.
I don’t even know how to review it. It was crazy. Chase Novak (pen name for Scott Spencer) is one imaginative (read: sick) bastard.
Alex and Leslie Twisden have an idyllic relationship. They’re so damned cute. The only hiccup is that they can’t get pregnant. Finally, out of desperation, they travel across the globe to one last doctor. This guy is more than a little hinky. But they go through with the treatment because they know another hopelessly infertile couple who got pregnant after visiting him. Fast forward ten years and we meet a set of twins who really don’t know their parents at all. Twins who are afraid of their parents, truth be told. They’re locked in their rooms at night with bars on their windows. Their once immaculate house is in ruins. Odd sounds come from the vicinity of their parents rooms and Alex and Leslie are becoming shells of their former selves. Leslie can’t even speak properly most of the time – and she used to be a very successful editor.
The twins devise a way to escape and chaos (more chaos than we’d previously seen) ensues. We’re introduced to a gang of children just like the twins who live alone because their parents also saw the doctor to get pregnant.
There is death. There is murder.
But through it all, the parental love the Twisdens have for their children still manages to shine through. And for that, I have to give Novak mad props.
If you like horror (well, it’s not really scary – only conceptually). Animal/human hybrids. Humans eating raw meat. Children locked into their rooms at night because their parents are afraid they might eat them. Murder. Mayhem.
Yeah. Read this.
If that’s not your cup of tea, you’ll probably want to pass.
But if you pass, you’re missing out on a book that really is brilliantly written. Alex and Leslie are a couple whose love for one another never dies, despite the changes they are going through. Their love for their kids is always present, despite the horrifying consequences of the fertility treatment.
While the general plot was predictable and set up from the beginning, there were a few plot twists that I didn’t see coming – particularly the ending – which made the read absolutely worth it for me.