Book Review: Seed, by Ania Ahlborn

Most of us have things we did when we were younger that we wish we never did. Although most of those things stay neatly buried in the past—indiscretions of the young and foolish—many times, those things come back to haunt us later in life.

In Seed, by Ania Ahlborn, Jack Winters’ horrific past comes back to haunt not only him, but his wife and two daughters as well. And a nasty past it is.

Seed, by Ania AhlbornSeed is a nice, creepy ride from the automobile accident in the beginning all the way through to the wonderfully terrifying ending. Ms. Ahlborn has crafted a horror story with tension that builds steadily throughout the book, with great attention to characterization and setting.

While reading, I found myself hating the protagonist, Jack, for his weakness while also sympathizing with him as his past life is revealed and his present life begins to come apart. His weakness makes him all the more human, and I hated him mostly because I suspect I might react the same way given the situation, no matter how much I tell myself otherwise. In other words, he is a believable character with believable motives and actions.

Ahlborn’s settings transport you straight to the hot and sultry Southern US States of Louisiana and Georgia. The humidity of the locale becomes infused with a creeping, insatiable darkness that threatens to smother you by the last chapter.

His wife and daughters are the real victims in the story, as Jack is forced to witness all that his past has wrought. I don’t want to reveal too much of the story—you should definitely read it instead. I believe you’ll be suitably satisfied. And horrified.

Rating: Four out of five.

UPDATE: According to the author, Seed is undergoing a major revision, and the second edition is scheduled to be available Summer 2012. After the release, I will post a revise review of the book.

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I write what I call "supernatural suspense"; that is, suspenseful stories involving otherworldly events. I have a lot I could (and will) write about the topic. I could explain what I write as "horror," but I have always believed that an author should have the primary motive of horrifying his readers, which is not the case with me. I could call my writing "supernatural" or "paranormal," but my writing lacks much of the focus on romance/erotica or teenage angst that seems to be prevalent in those genres.
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4 Responses to Book Review: Seed, by Ania Ahlborn

  1. Seed sounds like the perfect book to add to my “to be read” pile. I’ve been in the mood for something a bit creepy and thrilling. Thanks for your review!

    • Robert Adams says:

      Hi Mindi! Sorry for the length of time it took me to reply; as you can see, I’m in a bit of a transition here. Seed really is creepy–I recommend reading with the light on.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. Debra Kristi says:

    Sounds intriguing; and like it may have hit too close to home for you? I find the past life aspect interesting.

    • Robert Adams says:

      Hi Debra:

      I think I can say I’ve never had a problem quite like that of Seed’s antagonist, but with the way Ms. Ahlborn weaves Jack’s childhood horrors into the story, it becomes apparent just how terrified he is of the prospect of facing them again, even if it does spell certain doom for his family.

      But then again, maybe I would be more courageous….

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