Friday, June 17, 2016

The Litter by Kevin Doyle [4.5 stars]

From the Description
They kept to the shadows so no one would know they existed, and preyed on the nameless who no one would miss. Where did they come from, and who was protecting them? In a city that had seen every kind of savagery, they were something new, something more than murderous. And one woman who had thought she had lost everything there was to lose in life would soon find that nothing could possibly prepare her for what would come when she entered their world.

Date Published: January 5, 2015

Publisher: Night to Dawn Magazine & Books

Publication Length: 292 pages

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

The Litter is a whole new look at an old legend. This story had me hooked right from the start. The mounting tension and bodies had me turning the pages to find out what happened next. Karen and Jared are interesting characters to follow, as they try to discover who or what is killing and eating the homeless people in their city. Karen is a social worker who is in mourning for her fiancé, Jared is a reporter trying to find out what the police are trying to cover up about the murders. I would have loved to know more about The Brethren and the Sire. The action is full of suspense and gruesome without being overly gory building up to a surprisingly heart wrenching ending. This is my first book by Kevin Doyle but I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for future works by him. The Litter is an engrossing 4.5 star read.


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About the Author
A high school teacher and college instructor living in central Missouri, Kevin Doyle has seen his short stories, mainly in the horror and suspense fields, published in over twenty-five small press magazines, both print and online. In 2012 his first e-book, a mainstream novelette titled "One Helluva Gig," was published by Vagabondage Press. Doyle earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in communications from Wichita State University. He teaches English and public speaking at a high school in rural Missouri and has taught English, journalism and Spanish at a number of community colleges in both Kansas and Missouri. In January of 2014 Barbarian Books released "The Group," his first suspense novel, and in February of 2015 Night to Dawn Magazine and Books released his new horror novel, "The Litter."

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