I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by The Behrg
Published by Kindle Press on March 17, 2015
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Suspense
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"It was a kidnapping, but in all the wrong ways. No ransom, no demands;
There was nothing they wanted -- other than to observe."
Blake Crochet and his family are taken hostage in their own home, they are forced to act out their everyday lives under the observance of two psychotic kidnappers. They soon learn that the consequences of both action and inaction are more terrifying than they imagined.
As the motives behind the kidnapping are revealed, Blake must sacrifice everything to hold on to the ever-shifting definition of what his family has become. In his battle for survival, he will face the ultimate consequence: for to fight a devil, you may have to become one yourself.
Some rules hurt when broken. Others can kill.
HOUSEBROKEN is the first novel written by The Behrg. this book was terrifying not only for some of its horrendous scenes, but even more so because of the psychological aspect to it.
Blake Crochet, his wife, Jenna, and son, Adam are taken prisoner in their own home–forced to go about their everyday routines as if psychopaths weren’t watching their every…single…move at ALL times. The violence was quite brutal at points, but what was even worse was the mental and emotional abuse present.
The characterization in this novel was fantastic! I felt I “knew” each individual in the story, and was easily transported along with them in their horrifying ordeal. I’ll even admit to getting actual shivers a time or two. Even the more far-fetched scenes here were believable after reading the chilling things the captors were capable of.
Be prepared to finish this novel in one or two sittings, as it was nearly impossible to find a point in the story to “disengage” from the characters’ plight. Even when not reading, I found myself constantly thinking back to their situation.
And yes, I did get up to double check the locks more than a few times . . .
An emotionally brutal read from beginning to end–I’m really looking forward to what this author comes up with in the future.