Ania Ahlborn seems to be the next great thing in the horror world. Her debut, Seed, has been getting nothing but great reviews and now her latest, The Neighbors, has hit shelves as well.
Andrew Morrison has had enough. After taking care of his mom for years, it's become too much to handle. Now he's moved out and found a place rooming with his old friend, Mickey Fitch. At first, Drew is a bit disappointed to see that the house is kind of a dump. Not to be deterred, he quickly decides that a good cleaning will improve the situation vastly. He and Mickey seem to be getting along great and the neighbors are friendly and welcoming. Or maybe just a little too friendly and welcoming. Red and Harlow Ward open their arms and the door to Drew, inviting him to dinner, bringing him cookies, and even offering him a job. But they have twisted plans for their new neighbor.
I think my favorite thing about this book is the fact that Ahlborn seems to know just when to pull back with the detail. This could easily have been an incredible gore fest of a book, but Ahlborn reigns it in just a bit, leaving some of the horror to the reader's imagination. Trust me, there's still plenty of detail and violence provided, but it's that little extra bit that forces your brain go into its darkest corners and makes the book that much scarier.
The Neighbors is a quick read, but one that packs a punch!