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{Review} THE LITTER, by Kevin R. Doyle

{Review} THE LITTER, by Kevin R. Doyleby Kevin R. Doyle
Published by Night to Dawn Magazines & Books on January 5, 2015
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 292
Format: eBook

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.

In THE LITTER, by Kevin R. Doyle, we start out with a string of horrific murders.  The main question is what could so savagely overcome an adult–mutilate and feed off their flesh–and then disappear without a trace?

The Chief’s estranged daughter, Karen Bannister, soon finds herself caught in the middle of this web of secrecy and cover-ups.

First off, Doyle does an outstanding job in conveying the all-encompassing bleak atmosphere to his readers.  The scene set is consistent with the hopelessly “lost” feeling that is the prevalent mood throughout this novel.  From the characters themselves to the events unfolding, the reader can’t help but feel pulled into the pit of despair that the story presents.

Another strong point for Doyle is his characterization.  These are emotionally scarred and flawed individuals.  Their personal histories and the tragedies that have consumed their lives makes them a perfect fit, in keeping with the tone of the novel.

My only complaints were that the reason behind the murders seemed very predictable to me (I had figured it out long before the characters were led down that particular path), and that the  ending seemed–in my opinion–too rapidly resolved after all the build up.

3.5 chewed-up stars for THE LITTER.

About Kevin R. Doyle

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 small press magazines, both print and online. Last year 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 February of 2015 saw the release of “The Litter,” a horror/suspense novel.

Recently, he has signed with MuseItUp Publishing for a reissue of The Group.


I am an avid reader/reviewer and collector of books--primarily horror, supernatural, and supernatural-themed thrillers.


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