Saturday, May 17, 2014

[Book Review] Motherless Child by Glen Hirshberg

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In his powerful novel, Motherless Child, Bram Stoker Award–nominee Glen Hirshberg, author of the International Horror Guild Award–winning American Morons, exposes the fallacy of the Twilight-style romantic vampire while capturing the heart of every reader.

It’s the thrill of a lifetime when Sophie and Natalie, single mothers living in a trailer park in North Carolina, meet their idol, the mysterious musician known only as “the Whistler.” Morning finds them covered with dried blood, their clothing shredded and their memories hazy. Things soon become horrifyingly clear: the Whistler is a vampire and Natalie and Sophie are his latest victims. The young women leave their babies with Natalie’s mother and hit the road, determined not to give in to their unnatural desires.

Hunger and desire make a powerful couple. So do the Whistler and his Mother, who are searching for Sophie and Natalie with the help of Twitter and the musician’s many fans. The violent, emotionally moving showdown between two who should be victims and two who should be monsters will leave readers gasping in fear and delight.

Originally published in a sold-out, limited edition, Motherless Child is an extraordinary Southern horror novel that Tor Books is proud to bring to a wider audience.



*ARC copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for honest review.*

Motherless Child has an unusual twist on the paranormal aspect of vampires and introduces them as they should be - soulless, blood sucking monsters without any glitter and unicorns. 

Story begins when Natalie & Sophie go out to the bar and see their favorite rockstar Whistler. Book doesn't go into the details of how the night plays out but when the girls both wake up, they are covered in blood and have flashes of the night that they both spent together with Whistler. When they realize what they are, Natalie takes the charge and tells her mother to get as far as possible and keep their babies hidden. While they go on the run, Whistler wants to find Natalie & will not give up on the thought that she is his Destiny & the only person that's standing on his way is his Mother. 

This ended up to be not as exciting as I thought it would be. The whole situation with Whistler & Natalie was just confusing and I didn't understand their chemistry. Mostly because there wasn't any at all or it was just poorly expressed. I also didn't feel any connection between Natalie and Sophie. They were best friends but after that night together, they were awkward and their conversations always seemed to have a double meaning behind it. 

Overall, I can definitely see how this book would be appealing to a lot of people but unfortunately it wasn't for me. The horror side was also a little too twisted for my liking & definitely unique.

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