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Monday, September 10, 2018

Book Review: They Feed by Jason Parent

They Feed
by Jason Parent
April 15, 2018
266 pages
The night uncovers all we wish not to see.

A troubled man enters a dusky park before sunset. A young woman follows, hidden in shadow. Both have returned to the park to take back something the past has stolen from them, to make right six long years of suffering, and to find justice or perhaps redemption—or maybe they'll settle for some old-fashioned revenge.

But something evil is alive and awake in those woods, creatures that care nothing for human motivations. They’re driven by their own insatiable need: a ravenous, bottomless hunger.

The campgrounds are full tonight, and the creatures are starving. Before the night is over, they will feed.

An unrelenting tale of terror from Jason Parent, acclaimed author of People of the Sun and What Hides Within.

You know how this goes. A bunch of monster fodder...I mean people...end up trapped in an abandoned shack deep in the woods while sh** pancakes try to eat them. 

Okay, maybe you don't know it <G>. Jason Parent has created his own take on why you don't go into the woods. His cast of characters ranges from chaotic good to chaotic evil.

Tyler is the main character, just released from prison for a murder he committed...or did he? He is drawn back to the woods and the scene of the crime. Multiple others by happy (for the monster) coincidence end up in the woods with him. I don't want to spoil the mystery of the monster but the description "sh** pancake" gets thrown around.

Parent does a great job of creating suspense as you wait and wonder who and how each person will git got (I'm from the south, this is a phrase). They Feed is a great example of using an unreliable narrator to throw a twist at the end. If you are a fan of monster horror then this is one you'll want to read.

4 1/2 Sheep pancakes


About the Author:
In his head, Jason Parent lives in many places, but in the real world, he calls New England his home. The region offers an abundance of settings for his writing and many wonderful places in which to write them. He currently resides in Southeastern Massachusetts with his cuddly corgi named Calypso.

In a prior life, Jason spent most of his time in front of a judge . . . as a civil litigator. When he finally tired of Latin phrases no one knew how to pronounce and explaining to people that real lawsuits are not started, tried and finalized within the 60-minute time frame they see on TV (it's harassing the witness; no one throws vicious woodland creatures at them), he traded in his cheap suits for flip-flops and designer stubble. The flops got repossessed the next day, and he's back in the legal field . . . sorta. But that's another story.

When he's not working, Jason likes to kayak, catch a movie, travel any place that will let him enter, and play just about any sport (except that ball tied to the pole thing where you basically just whack the ball until it twists in a knot or takes somebody's head off - he misses the appeal). And read and write, of course. He does that too sometimes.

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