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 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.