Monday, September 1, 2014

Book Review ~ Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

Suffer the Children
by Craig DiLouie

From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction.

Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

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My Thoughts
A parasite named Herod has killed all of the children in the world.  No warning, no illness, no explanation, they just drop dead.  Days later they are miraculously resurrected and they are hungry - for blood.

Suffer the Children is a very different approach to vampirism.  This story takes a look at the lengths parents will go to for their children to keep them alive no matter what.   It also explores the desperation, the heartache and the gruesome reality that the world will never be the same again.

The story was, well, just downright creepy.  The concept was very different from anything that I have ever read before.  The author's imagination and creativity really drew me into the story and I found myself desperately turning each page hoping that somehow the story would not end tragically.  If you are looking for a story about sexy vampires or one with a happy ending, you will not find it here.  Nope, not going to happen.  With this one you get little kids who love blood mixed with morbid and gory details.  My advice to readers, is simple.  Do NOT read before falling asleep.  This one WILL cause horrific nightmares.

My rating:  4 out of 5 stars

About the Author

Craig DiLouie is the author of zombie favorites THE INFECTION, THE KILLING FLOOR, THE RETREAT and TOOTH AND NAIL, as well as THE GREAT PLANET ROBBERY, a science fiction novel, and PARANOIA, a psychological thriller. His latest apocalyptic horror novel, SUFFER THE CHILDREN, was published May 2014.
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