ARC REVIEW: Housebroken – by The Behrg

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Title: Housebroken
Author: The Behrg
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
First published: March 17th 2015
Finished reading: May 31st 2016
Pages: 316
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“I guess in the end our lives are nothing more than dates and numbers on a scrap of paper,” Joje said. “All that blank space on the page? The details of our lives between the numbers? No one remembers that. They’re just locked up in some forgotten vault.

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Since I haven’t been reading enough thriller/horror stories lately and I always enjoy discovering new authors, I immediately said yes when I was approached to read and review Housebroken. And this book was definitely just as good as I was hoping for: creepy, disturbing, messed up, but without doubt a great horror story. The plot itself is really interesting and has a mystery/thriller kind of feel, but the gruesome details transform the story into a proper horror read. The pace is fast, the plot full of action and the story had me hooked right from the beginning. The characters themselves might not be exactly likeable, but the focus of this story is on the actions and the mayority of the scenes are so intense you will most likely forget about the character background anyway. There are quite a few plot twists as well and I can’t say I could see the ending coming (which is a good thing). Without doubt a very interesting read: if you enjoy a good and scary horror story, make sure to check out this book by The Behrg. I wouldn’t advice reading this book if you don’t like intense and potentially scary/gruesome scenes though…

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Blake Crochet and his family had to move for Blake’s new job, but their new home seems to have a dark history. They aren’t even properly moved in yet when they are taken hostage in their own home… The kidnappers having no other demands than that they have to act out their everyday lives while the two kidnappers watch their every move. The family has to do exactly what they always do, or else there will be consequences… And if they try to tell anyone about the arrangement, another familymember will most likely die. The kidnapper’s rules are strict and Blake and his family will have to face the decision of getting help or being brutally punished. Both action and inaction will have serious consequences in the present and future and it’s almost impossible to decide what will be the best strategy to survive this madness… Will they find a way out before the kidnappers completely destroy their lives?

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Housebroken is without doubt a really intense, messed up and action-packed story, but only in the best possible way. The plot feels mostly like a mystery/thriller read and reads in a fast pace; it’s the gruesome details that turns it into a horror story. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy a good thriller/horror story and don’t mind the gruesome details. It’s really intense!

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6 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: Housebroken – by The Behrg

  1. I haven’t read a horror book in a while…hmm, can’t really even remember the last one, although there must have been a couple in the past year or so. Makes me want to read another, though. Besides this one, what would you recommend?

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    • This one is definitely good! If you are looking for a good serial killer story, I can also recommend the Jasper Dent series by Barry Lyga (one of my all time favorites) and The Shining by Stephen King must be one of my all time favorite horror reads. The Murder Complex and I Am Legend (nothing like the movie!) are good as well.

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