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On a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers — a family of cannibalistic lunatics — are closing in.A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder returns froOn a scorching hot summer day in Elkwood, Alabama, Claire Lambert staggers naked, wounded, and half-blind away from the scene of an atrocity. She is the sole survivor of a nightmare that claimed her friends, and even as she prays for rescue, the killers — a family of cannibalistic lunatics — are closing in.A soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder returns from Iraq to the news that his brother is among the murdered in Elkwood.In snowbound Detroit, a waitress trapped in an abusive relationship gets an unexpected visit that will lead to bloodshed and send her back on the road to a past she has spent years trying to outrun.And Claire, the only survivor of the Elkwood Massacre, haunted by her dead friends, dreams of vengeance... a dream which will be realized as grief and rage turn good people into cold-blooded murderers and force alliances among strangers.It's time to return to Elkwood.In the spirit of such iconic horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, Kin begins at the end and studies the possible aftermath for the survivors of such traumas upon their return to the real world — the guilt, the grief, the thirst for revenge — and sets them on an unthinkable journey... back into the heart of darkness....

Title : Kin
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Number of Pages : 306 Pages
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Kin Reviews

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2019-04-06 03:34

    Find all of my reviews at: 10/10/16: Are you looking for a story that really grabs you by the pussy????? Then this might be the one for you. On sale this week for $.99* (or FREE with Kindle Unlimited). *Barf bags additional“All my friends are gone. Everything is dead.”What if this . . . . Was only the start of the horror movie???? Such is the case with Kin as Claire stumbles out of the woods half dead from the hands of her captors. Thus begins a finely woven tale of the survivor, a victim’s brother, a lovestruck boy who hopes to win the girl’s heart, and a woman who ran away but was never able to fully escape her past. Oh and dare I forget the other characters - led by “Momma” . . . .Who have made a life for themselves by . . . errrrrrrrrrr “making use” of whatever ends up on their land . . . I read Kin at the beginning of the year, but failed to ever write a review because I suck since I had just read Brother which was similar and I didn’t want to compare apples to . . . well something pretty damn close to apples. Now that I’ve sat on it awhile and even skimmed it again to refresh my memory, I’m comfortable giving Kin 4 Stars rather than the 3 I was initially going to award. This was most definitely a revamped take on a familiar storyline, but one that left me continually saying . . . Recommended for those with iron stomachs because the descriptions of everything you will see (and smell) are most assuredly over-the-top. And if you aren’t brave enough to go this one alone? Buddy-up with a friend . . . Just make sure to hide yo pizzle kids and hide yo wives first.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-04-15 02:29

    When Claire Lambert and her three friends crossed the paths of some murderous cannibal hillbillies while hiking in Alabama, their lives were destroyed forever. Claire lost her friends, her virginity, a few fingers, and her eye. But the Merrill family made one mistake: they let Claire live...You know, when a book starts with a mutilated woman staggering along the side of the road, you know shit is only going to get worse. And it does. Kin is a gore-strewn tale of depravity and a twisted notion of family. The Merrills kill and eat any outsider that dares cross their path. When Claire escapes, they go into panic mode looking for her. Meanwhile, people swoop down on the Merrills looking for vengeance. How could anything possibly go wrong?The Merrills are some of the vilest villains I've ever encountered, kind of like Leatherface's family in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The thing that really makes them scary is that they think God is on their side.Once Claire gets to the hospital, the book splits into three threads that never quite come together. Thomas Finch and a friend from the army go gunning for the Merrills. Pete goes looking for a place to belong now that his father is dead. And Claire looks for a way to return to Elkwood and get some payback.Oddly enough, the character I found most interesting was Luke Merrill, one of the villains. While loyal to his family, he has a lot of doubts about things, doubts that escalate after his father does some things to him. Some of the plotting felt a little too convenient at first, although KPB set me straight on those. The ending wasn't what I expected but I still liked it. It was actually a nice change of pace from where I thought was going to happen, although it wasn't entirely satisfying.Maybe it was the jet lag but I didn't think this book quite came together in the end for me. I still liked it but I think some parts could have been expanded a bit. I like my horror short but this was a little too short, I think.At the end of the day, I liked Kin but I don't love it. Still, it should appeal to people who enjoy things like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Cabin Fever, and The Hills Have Eyes. Three out of Five stars.

  • karen
    2019-04-12 07:19

    for some reason, i thought this was going to be another one of those downtrodden working poor novels i so love. damn that cover: barn, grass, isolated-looking rural atmosphere. i didn't even realize that blob in the foreground was a nude girl. oops. i knew this had a horror angle; i knew it was going to have some - you know - cannibalism in it, but that's never bothered me any; i just for some reason thought this would have some of the poetic literary language i love from these books - the way everything is expressed so beautifully juxtaposed against the harsh realities of the landscape and the hopelessness of the characters - the diamonds in the rough...i thought it would be like Kings of the Earth, which review i so helpfully floated recently to pave the way for this one. you're welcome.instead, i got this:first, his nose was broken and throbbing like a teenager's pecker at the prom.and that sums up my gripe with this book; it lacks is this:instead of this:and that's fine - i don't read horror often, but i have definitely read some fine horror novels in my time. this one is only okay. it did have some wonderful gross-out moments (elizabeth - skip this)there was no momma anymore, he said, not the way they remembered her. now she was a mass of suppurating bedsores, fused to the mattress where old wounds had healed and the torn flesh and pus had hardened to form a kind of second skin around the material and bedsprings beneath. the mattress, once plump and soft, had been worn down by her weight to almost nothing, a wafer thin slice bent in the middle, pungent, soggy and stained by the fluids that had soaked down from her corpulent body over the years. the boys took turns washing and tending to her wound, grooming her, scooping out the large quantities of fecal matter that gathered between her enormous thighs, then giving the remaining stain a cursory, half-hearted scrub before leaving her to wallow in the vestiges of her own waste.and that is not even the worst of it - let's just say that i will never read the word "rebirth" the same again. shudder.this book has mostly four- and five-star ratings on goodreads which surprises the crap out of me. am i just being star-stingy? did i miss something? were my expectations just different so that they clouded my appreciation of what this book was? have i just read too many better examples of god-blinded individuals killing in the name of their skewed worldviews? tickles me that one of the tags this book has on here is "military" and yes - two of the characters have spent time overseas, being exposed to and somewhat numbed to violence which definitely shaped their characters, but i highly doubt that fans of tom clancy or larry bond are going to derive the same kind of pleasure from this splatter-book as they are from their helicopter tales. warned.and this is the book that did it. this is the book that may have convinced me to get one of them newfangled e-readers. because it is out of print, and i had it on my to-read list because lou had recommended it to me, and it sounded like something i would like, but if i had actually tracked down a used copy of it, well then now i would be stuck with this book i thought was okay, but i will never reread. (i read this on a store-borrowed nook) so... maybe. i am considering it. because for 5 bux i could have read this and moved on with my life, without cluttering up this tiny-ass apartment of mine. and as much a i love the thrill of the hunt and the buying of books an and such, well, the e-readers make things that much easier. nothing to get lost in the mail, nothing to cause book avalanches in the middle of the night, nothing for the cat to throw up on. (well, something very expensive for her to throw up on...) i don't know. just know that i am considering it. and i will reserve my book-hunting for more "guaranteed" good reads.

  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    2019-04-07 08:12

    Edit to add: My OCD kicked in with this book and I decided to finish it (I originally DNF'd it at about 55%). I am adding a star, even though I still skimmed a bunch. It still didn't really work for me. All the sections with the serial killing family were great. It's all the in-between stuff and characters I just didn't click with. Mara or whoever Claire's sister's name was (Kara?). I didn't like her. I guess Finch was all right, but most of him and Beau's scenes were just talking about the past or what they were going to do instead of just doing it (that came at the very end). Louise's part? IDK, again, it didn't add anything for me. It almost felt like this was a novella that was padded to make novel-length.I am definitely the unpopular opinion here. So take my review with a grain of salt. I felt like the first 30% was awesome, then from like 31-60%, it was VERY MEH, and then got good again, but there were still parts after THAT that were still meh. Oh well. I think I'm just not cool enough to see the brilliance....Original post: This started with a bang and I thought I was going to love it. Somewhere around the 30% mark, everything changed. New characters were introduced, the story moved away from the psycho family and we didn't see them again until over 50% in, By then, the pacing had changed, the momentum was lost for me, and I just never got back into it. Disappointing. :( (I actually DNF'd it at around 55%.)I thought there would be more crazy backwoods hillbilly horror shenanigans - and the beginning was TOTALLY all that madness I was expecting. I'm sure it's just me and my funky reading mood. I think Brother by Ania Alborn did the psycho hillbilly backwoods thing better. *shrug*

  • Johann (jobis89)
    2019-04-12 06:40

    "It seemed he always had blood on his hands no matter how hard or how often he washed them."Naked and covered in blood, Claire Lambert emerges from a massacre that has claimed the lives of her friends. As the sole survivor, Claire wants revenge for the cannibalistic family responsible for the hell that she has endured. But she's not the only one, others have been affected by this nightmare and they too want this family of lunatics to pay...What did I just read?! As a forewarning (I feel like I'm forewarning a lot these days... I've been reading some sick shit it seems), this is not for the faint of heart. It's brutal and visceral and raw... yet oh so AMAZING. I blew through this book in a matter of days - it's pretty much the definition of unputdownable. I love reading books that just hook you from the very first page, or in this instance, the very first sentence.From the get-go, I felt like I was watching a great horror slasher movie. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre vibes were overwhelming, but very quickly it became apparent that there was more at stake here than gratuitous blood and gore. There was also really great, well-developed characters that you begin to care about. I appreciate the fact that this book kicks off right after the massacre has occurred - of course there are flashbacks to what happened - but ultimately this story is about what happens next and how those left behind are affected when such atrocities occur. The survivor's guilt, the need for revenge, the urge to make those responsible pay for what they have done.I'm also very excited to announce that I have a new favourite literary family - the Merrill clan. Holy hell, what a bunch of fucked up individuals. Momma-in-bed (yes, that is her name) was literally in one scene (or two perhaps, without giving anything away), and yet she will probably be what I first think of when I refer to this book in future. Even now, if I concentrate for long enough, I can smell her bedroom... *vomits everywhere*. I loved loved LOVED reading about this family and would implore Mr Burke to consider writing more about the heinous acts of the Merrills some day, because I don't think I would ever tire of it. When you combine horror and scenes that have me grimacing and closing the book to take a breather WITH great, complex characters that you actually LIKE - then this, my friends, is my favourite kind of book. Definitely one of my favourite reads from this year. And certain scenes will stay with me forever (if you've read, you KNOW what I'm talking about). Highly recommend to all horror fans. 5 stars from me!

  • Char
    2019-03-22 08:14

    Kealan Patrick Burke-I love the guy. I'm slowly catching up on everything he has available. I was excited to see he had a new novel out, KIN. The protagonist of this novel is Claire. Claire survived rape and torture at the hands of a "Deliverance" type family. The story begins with Claire's escape from them, the only one of her group of friends to do so. From that point on, the story ripples outward to all of the people involved: Claire's friends and family, the antagonist's family, and the families of all those who tried to help her. Never have I seen a novel where the ripple of the violence affected so many...of course most times, this subject is never even mentioned. This is a harsh novel where no punches are pulled. It is not your typical revenge type story. Do you have the courage to face what Claire faced? Pick up this book and find out!

  • Lou
    2019-04-11 05:15

    I interviewed Kealan Patrick Burke here.The writer of The Turtle Boy a Bram stoker award winner brings to you this tale. This story is dark, not of the paranormal kind but that of the darkness of the heart and the evil that men do.His story is a taut visceral story of a woman’s survival, her pain endured and her pain of being the soul left behind from the fallen ones. Nightmares are to haunt her salvation and she is in need of succor, need of embrace and love. There is a need for Revenge, Vengeance and Retribution to take effect against the brutality and evil that has past and to come.The evil and the darkness is administered upon the unfortunate by a family, the Merrill clan, a Kin, all this pain takes place in Elkwood, Alabama.They call themselves the last of the old clan in service of God Almighty’s work. They are one of the most brutal families to rise up in a story they have a religious objective, a mission to cleanse the world of the corrupted ones and to top it all off those that have fallen their flesh is to be devoured.There is to be some grace there are a few characters to rise in this story to exact vengeance and retribution, one still haunted by his service in the Iraq battlegrounds.Upon reading this story my mind shoots back to equally brutal stories of survival and the macabre, writers the likes of Daniel Woodrell and the novel Winter's Bone, a motley crew of an evil family reminiscent to that of Endurance of J.A Konrath. Jack Ketchum springs to mind and his story The Woman,On The Gathering Storm by Jason McIntyre and Donald Ray Pollock with The Devil All the Time.If you have read either of these and liked them this is just as a taut visceral read and a well done story highly recommend. His prose is smooth and disturbing. This is a multi-layered story of human endeavor.He really grabs you’re attention and instills a promise of more darkness and wonderful storytelling to come.This excerpt gives you an idea of the dark characters Kealan has created here.“A farmer shoots the crows and sprays the bugs to protect his crop, don’t he? Momma had once told him. Shoots wild dogs and foxes and them sonofab****in’ coyotes to keep ‘em from eatin’ his chickens’n killin’ his herd, don’t he? Well, that’s what we do. We’re a rare breed, all of us, and what’s outside there in the world would love nothin better to destroy us because of what we believe in, because of our closeness to the Almighty God To kill us outta jealousy because they ain’t never gettin’ so close to Him. They’re the predators, Luke. They’re the skulkin’ dogs creeping’ up on us, trying’ to snatch you from my bosom, from God’s grace, like they did with your poor ……, filling’ her head with sick thoughts and vile dreams, corrupting’ her till she was so diseased she went crazy and had to be put to sleep. Don’t let them do that to you, boy. Let your Papa show you how to protect yourself, and your kin.” “We’re the last of the old clans, boy. We stay together. We hunt and we kill Men of the World. We devour their flesh so they cannot devour us. We hold them off and resist their attempts to convert us to sinful ways. We protect each other in the name of God Almighty, and punish those who trespass, destroy those who would destroy us. We are the beloved, Luke, and once the light has been shown to those who are not of the faith, they must embrace it or be destroyed.”Review also on my webpage here

  • JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
    2019-04-06 07:34

    4 " I RECKON THIS ' ER STORY IS CRAZIER THAN SQUIRREL TURD SUNDAE" STARS WOW! .. This story was one big cup of redneck fuckery and I loved it. The first 40% had me saying.....but then around the 43% I thought ........ Yeah, my impatient ass was not pleased with the sudden shift in storyline. Thankfully I didn't give up because around the 60% I was back to this....... Friends, this is NOT for the faint of heart. I've read some pretty fucked up shit yet my stomach required 1/2 a bottle of pepto to get through the story . I literally skipped dinner 2 nights in a row because my appetite ran away... this book is better than weight watchers! ............ Okay folks, It's your turn to meet mama & her lovely scent , ask her where's your pizzle ? & when do you get to be reborn? .........YUCK!

  • Luke Walker
    2019-04-07 06:15

    Brutal but not unnecessarily so, this is first rate writing as well as a superb horror novel. Great characters, cleverly plotted and satisfying. Loved it.

  • Sadie | sadie_reads_them_all
    2019-03-31 02:21

    No spoiler/No plot points review: Just my feelings:This book is the closest I have come to watching a scary movie I would *never* watch. If you know me, you know that I read all the horror books I can get my hands on but that scary movies are too much for me and I rarely watch them. It has a lot to do with the connection the reader has with the author vs. the director. Authors can *show* me things but the imagery ends with me. A director shows me everything--I have no choices on what I see or don't see.**The beginning of KIN is just brutal. The author has this astonishing skill of bringing the reader right down into it with technicolor descriptive language. I admit, I was terrified to keep going. The story is very, very compelling however and there was no way I was going to chicken out in front of my friends that I was buddy reading this with! I'm Mother Horror for fuck's sake! I had read Kealan Patrick Burke's novella, Blanky and also a collection of short stories called Milestone previously and so I trusted him enough to move forward with relish.Ultimately this story has way more to do with the aftermath of a sadistic tragedy rather than the tragedy itself.Sure there is the suspense, the cringe-worthy disgusting moments, the nasty characters, the gore, the danger but the main themes for me went way deeper than the entertainment--I was moved to tears a few times as well.This novel has minted Burke as a favorite author of mine and I'm excited that there is so much out there of his to read! I have Sour Candy coming to me soon and I recommend the other works I mentioned here as well. If you're a fan of horror, you need this author's books in your collection.

  • Mindi
    2019-04-04 03:10

    This is the first full length novel I have read by Burke, and I was really excited to start it since I loved his novella Sour Candy so much.A few days ago I posted some pics of Sour Candy and Kin on Instagram, and I was delighted to find that the next day Mr. Burke himself had liked my pics and commented on them! I have never had a writer actually thank me for reading his works, so needless to say I was flabbergasted and thrilled to actually interact with such a fantastic novelist. Kin has some familiar themes, but Burke takes the story to some really unexpected places. The first part of the novel is horrific and devastating. Claire and her friends are hiking through the woods in Elkwood, Alabama when they are attack by a backwoods family of religious lunatics who systematically torture and rape her before she manages to escape. Naked and catatonic, Claire is found stumbling along the road by a man and his son, who quickly take her to the local doctor for help. The only problem is, everyone in Elkwood is terrified of the family who killed her friends, and they know where Claire has been taken. There is no safety for Claire in Elkwood, and she barely manages to escape alive. She may have survived, but she is haunted by guilt and the memories of what happened to her and her friends. This is where the novel shifts a bit, and we get quite a lot of backstory on all of the key characters. I really liked that Burke slowed down the action in order to explore each character and their motivations. There are tons of stories where a young group of people fall prey to hillbilly cannibalistic psychopaths, but Burke takes all of those tropes and makes a really well written and unique story from them. This is like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for the literary set, and it works really well. As a reader we get to really know Burke's characters, and that makes them much more relatable, and the pain they are dealing with more visceral. I cannot recommend Kin, or Kealan Patrick Burke enough.

  • Jason Parent
    2019-04-03 00:14

    Kin kind of begins with motifs stereotypical of the inbred redneck serial killer genre (sub-sub-genre?). But as one reads further, the title, and with it the depth of the novel, becomes more meaningful. Kin tells the story not only of the victims of one atrocity, but of their surviving kin and the kin of all others impacted by it. Some fill with misdirected hate, others fear and loss, still others with thoughts geared toward vengeance. Only then do we see as readers that Kin means so much more than being part of our favorite redneck family, and that family and kinship can be found in the most unlikely places.While my favorite characters are the "poisoned"-by-a-dash-of-morality hillbilly Luke, the I'll-follow-you-into-Hell loyal friend Beau (silent tribute to the Dukes of Hazard?), and the vigilante-lost-cause Finch, there's a hero and villain for all walks of life in Kin. Claire and Pete appeal to our more noble ambitions, while Luke and Finch our baser. We find ourselves cheering for good to prevail and, at the same time, for bad men to do evil things to worse people.Burke makes us feel these emotions, while telling a great story to boot - with a death count that makes my heart sing. Classic horror combined with fresh storytelling, Kin is one to be treasured. Read it with the family. Just don't try to eat them.

  • Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
    2019-03-19 04:36

    *****5 Purple People Eater Stars*****Hmmm….how do I start a review off when it deals with a family who capture, rape, torture and then eat only people. This is a religion and they are doing God’s work by riding the world of one’s who don’t follow in the true all I have to say about this book! The author didn’t just write about the victims’ torture but started up AFTER. This book deals with stories of the victims after living through a nightmare along with everyone else in their lives and how they are all affected by the aftermath. The author deals with the anger that turns into rage which make normal people resort to murder in order for revenge.This book kept me interested about 90% of the time but there were instances where I did skim some paragraphs because of a bit of fluff by diving deep into a psyche, but overall the story was fantastic!Warning...this book is not for the faint of heart or stomach. There are graphic details about cannibalism and torture.ClaireClaire, 19 years old, was able to get away from the family who killed her friends and almost her. She was on the verge of death when Pete and his father, Jack, rescue her from the road and get her to the docs. She ends up losing fingers, toes and her eye has been cut out. This is Claire’s story and how she deals with returning home and the guilt which plagues her since she is still alive and her friends aren’t. The anger and rage build up within her and she knows that she will never live a normal life unless she does something about that family.PetePete is a simple-minded teenaged farmer who automatically falls in love with Claire. He feels the need to take care of her and dreams about her voice, her touch and her kiss. While driving Claire from Doc’s to the hospital, Claire wakes up and tells Pete to visit her in Ohio when this is all over. Pete takes her seriously and vows to get revenge on the family that did this to her along with keeping his promise to visit Claire.LukeLuke is part of the family who abducted Claire and her friends. When he follows Claire after her escape and lets her get away, Luke has to deal with the wrath of his family and finding Claire again along with all the people she came in contact with so it doesn’t get traced back to them. Luke starts to question his father’s teachings about the “wolves” of the world and whether what they are doing is right or wrong.FinchFinch is Daniel’s older brother and wants revenge for the death of his brother by the hands of this sadistic family. He tries to get help from Claire but Claire’s older sister is keeping Finch away from her. Claire finally sneaks away from the house and gives Finch her blessing to seek vengeance on the family. She tells him as much as she can remember.LouiseLouise is Pete’s second mother and ran away from Pete’s father to start a life in Detroit with a new man. The thing is though….this man is abusive to Louise but she loves him anyway. Unexpectedly, Pete shows up at her door with bad news about his dad and asks for her help in getting to Ohio to see Claire. Louise risks her own life to help Pete fulfill his promises.These are the main characters in the book and we meet many others throughout the story. There is Momma-in-Bed who can’t get out of her own bed and between the bed sores and excrements, she is now molded into the bed. (Yeah gross) and then we have Pappa-in-Gray who claims to see angels telling him to kill and eat people. Yeah, we have those and many more that weave themselves in and out of the book.If you love psychological thrillers with a bit of gore, then this is definitely the book for you!

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    2019-03-23 01:20

    Read 04/12, listened to 08/16The narration was good but not outstanding. I think I enjoyed reading it more but maybe that's just because the first time around terrified the crap outta me. My initial review still stands:------*Anything less than FUCKING AWESOME!!! does not do this book justice.*

  • Bill
    2019-04-04 05:39

    This is a fairly short novel, but it took me two weeks to finish it.Granted, I've been pretty busy, but even so a book this length shouldn't give me much trouble.It wasn't until a little more than half-way through that I realized what it was. Burke is a fine writer. Of that there is no doubt.The problem with me was the uneven pacing of the narrative. I have no issues with descriptive prose, but it was where it was placed that halted the flow into my head.In the midst of almost every dialogue exchange, Burke breaks into descriptive or explanatory prose. And every time this happened, it totally broke the rhythm for me.This is probably a shortfall on my part. Hey, Peter Straub is a favorite of many readers, but his prose simply does not click for me. Not to say Burke = Straub, but it's just a matter of chemistry between these guys and me, the reader. Even though they're fine writers with fine stories, there's a disconnect with me that makes immersion difficult.Burke shows off his fine chops here:It had served its purpose and again, though the dangerous resignation with which she was growing grimly familiar had swept her up in its calming embrace, she had fought for her life. The absence of reasons for it to continue had not been enough to drain whatever resolve existed in that untouchable, unseen reservoir inside her.I read that in bed, and maybe it was because I was drifting on the edge of unconsciousness, but I had to read that last sentence four times for it to sink in.So enough preamble. Kin is a good story about a woman who narrowly escapes a family of psychotic cannibals. I loved how the story began with that. This was a unique take on this type of story and it was a great way to hook the reader. The characters were very well drawn, and the plotline moved along at a good clip.Burke deserves his ardent following. Despite the fact that the book as a whole rates somewhere between "It was OK" and "I liked it" for me, this is a reflection of my reading experience and shouldn't dissuade anyone from reading it. Look at all the high reviews for Kin. I'm definitely in the minority.

  • Jenn
    2019-04-09 02:31

    Sick and twisted, I love, love, love it. First book in probably 10 years where I was scared shitless to go to bed at night.I want to lay down and have this book's babies. Or as my friend told me, I would have "BabyKins". Tiss true. This book is fucking flat out messed up amazeballs. Not for everyone with the gore factor but seriously, seriously read it now.

  • Bark
    2019-04-16 06:22

    99 cents @Amazon today. Go get yerself a copy!

  • Paul Nelson
    2019-03-26 08:32

    Not for the faint hearted Kin is an emotional gut wrenching ride into the minds of the abused, those seeking retribution and a cannibalistic redneck family that hunt and kill people.You won’t find more of a hard hitting, brutal and compelling opening than the image of Claire, severely tortured both mentally and physically, running for her life, running from the Merrill clan.Claire and her three friends were hiking through the backwoods town of Elkwood when they were stalked and attacked by the Merrill family, a twisted family driven by God to hunt and kill men. A truly terrifying experience that will change her life forever.The first third of the book deals with the escape, those who aid and the Merrill family cleaning house. Multiple POV characters are used which enhances the all-round foreboding feeling as we see through the eyes of the hunted and the eyes of various members of the killer family. This section is harrowing and disturbing, has the feel of the familiar redneck slasher movies such as Deliverance or Wrong Turn, peppered with shocking violence and malevolence. Kin is not just about the abused, it’s also about a family of killers, children bred to kill by parents who in their own right are scary individuals. The mother is bed-ridden referred to as Mama-in-bed and she leaves a big impression, not just on the soiled sheets she never leaves but you can feel the atmosphere of that room, the stink of that room and it stays with you. Papa-in-gray is a predator, his introduction is strung out till last to build the tension, feared by all he is first seen wearing an apron of skin, carrying a severed head and he’s the man responsible for this family.Finch is an Iraqi veteran and brother of one of those killed by the Merrill’s, when they escape the clutches of the law only he can deliver retribution and revenge will be his.Kin in parts is terrifying and it’s one of those books you can’t put down, I finished it in just over a day, if you want to read a truly believable and gripping portrayal of evil then I recommend this.

  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    2019-04-03 05:11

    3.5ishI really enjoyed the perspective in this book. It opens up AFTER a teen joyride into backwoods Alabama ends in a brutal massacre by cannibalistic rednecks. We open up on Final Girl Claire stumbling her way to find help. It was a great start to a fascinating story! I'm knocking it down a star and a half because the middle section got a little tedious and started to focus on unnecessary character perspectives. I will say that the author puts in the effort to write characters with motivations and feelings. Will be checking out more of his work.

  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    2019-04-06 01:30

    It’s a rare occurrence when a slasher gasher novel such as this is populated with folks I care about. Kin — Kealan Patrick Burke’s novel about a murderous backwoods family in Elkwood, Alabama — features some of the most likable and sympathetic characters I’ve come across in hardcore horror fiction. After reading this and Blanky, I know one thing for sure: Burke is great at manipulating his readers. And we love it. After a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-esque killing spree, Claire is the only one left standing. Though dangerously and permanently injured, she has somehow lived while her best friends are dead. She must cope with that and her new life, a life led in the shadow of the Elkwood massacre. This is a brutal, agonizing read. Burke has a deft touch for writing humanity — he knows what makes people tick, and he gets it across rather clearly, making his characters feel ‘real.’ So when it hits the fan (over and over and over...), the result is astonishing, almost too horrific to bear. Thanks, Kealan, for the increased blood pressure! A novel not for the faint of heart, blood flies and the worst in people is brought out here — though the bad gunky is never gratuitous. This is a fun and scary read. Highly recommended. Thanks to all my friends who read this with me, and thanks to the author for the late night conversation about the nature of grief.

  • Edward Lorn
    2019-04-16 05:34

    What would have happened if John Steinbeck wrote The Texas Chainsaw Massacre? You'll find your answer within the pages of Kealan Patrick Burke's novel, Kin. Everything from the characters, to the locations, to the message hidden in the words on the page, sings with an operatic brilliance. If I wasn't moved, I was disgusted. Both are emotions I look for in a horror outing. Kealan has that rare ability to make carnage and filth somehow beautiful. This book is now in my top twenty favorite novels of all time, right up there with Laymon's The Traveling Vampire Show, Ketchum's The Girl Next Door and King's IT.I highly recommend this book to horror fans.

  • Mark Matthews
    2019-03-25 04:14

    I recently finished KIN by Kealan Patrick Burke, and it is certainly in my top ten list of most powerful horror novels I’ve ever read. It has been called a modern horror classic, and deservedly so. There are so many gems tucked inside this novel that it could be an instructional on how to best write horror novels. It is Rob Zombie meets William Faulkner. Here are my thoughts:Kin takes the concept of starting the novel as far into the story as possible, and turns it on its head. It starts where many horror novels end with a victim of the “KIN” stumbling for safety. Throughout the rest of the story, the reader is forced to infer their own backstory as to how the ravaged woman got there and what happened. Along the way, the author fills in the blanks for us a bit, but not all the way. This is only one way in which the book we read is not nearly as big as the larger universe it creates in our mind.It all starts with character- a character we have no investment in who falls prey to evil means little, but when we can understand the implications it has for their larger world and see them as humans like us, then it means so much more. We are them, and thus we are also potential victims.The real terror takes place inside of us, not outside, and how we experience it. And that is another part of the genius of the novel. There is a level of stream of consciousness to the story, especially in the first chapter, and if you track when this technique is used, you’ll find that the higher the sense of terror, the more internal the story gets. The savagery isn’t a knife about to slice and a bunch of slapstick gore, but the internal world of that which is about to be sliced. The stream of consciousness at these moments sucks you inside, and the reader becomes much more than a non-involved bystander.Everyone is the hero of their own story in KIN. Everyone feels justified in their actions, they are not the evil-doers, they are protecting what they love, and acting based on their understanding of God and Justice. The most repugnant family you ever met included. The reader is terrified of what this family will do to the innocent victims, but just as terrified at what they will do to the youngest child who has let one of their victims escape. This is because the author takes us into the heads of everyone. The family of KIN are humans just the same. And just as the family of KIN has their odd norms and values based on sickness, so do all the families in the story have levels of dysfunction by degree.Yep, everyone’s weird, a bit off, with human idiosyncrasies. Who can forget the adolescent hormonal boy checking out the naked woman who has recently been tortured, wanting to steal another glimpse, and hoping that when she wakes she remembers him. It’s like walking into the movie Hostel and developing a crush.Still, there are some real heroes, and the human race has some nobility in it yet, and even chances at redemption. But not all heroes live. The author isn’t afraid to kill his darlings. No spoilers here, just teasers.Often in KIN, time off the page is where the real action is. Many chapters end with the momentum of a certain character leaning towards a certain direction or action, but we are left wondering exactly what, and their decisions have real implications. The KIN are coming to the doctor’s house? Oh no, did he get take the girl to the hospital like he said he was? They are coming to the farm, is the boy gone?The extreme violence of the story is framed by the reality in the middle, but it is in the middle where the violence resonates. The middle parts of Moby Dick where so incredibly boring, but I remember my professor saying that these were the most important. I still don’t know if I believe him, but I do believe KIN’s middle portions, where the characters all react to the violence best they know how and the revenge is plotted, is what makes the horror work. For all the readers who felt the initial scenes were ‘sick’, I bet they read on, hoping to get back to that setting pretty quickly.Speaking of setting: Detroit – the novel has one if its settings as Detroit, which is my backyard, and a great backdrop for a bit of dreary desolation (plug: and thus the setting of my upcoming novel). Little known fact is that Kealan Patrick Burke was living in my guest room while he did research on the Detroit sections of the book, which I was thrilled to have. It was under the strictly monitored condition that I not tell anybody until now. (joke, I think that was actually a Brady Bunch episode).Finally, KIN is ‘fun.' You know, if you like that kind of thing. There is plenty of creativity and a mastery of the grotesque. Mamma in the bed. The rebirth. Pizzles. Without all of the literary elements, these mean nothing, but without these touches, the novel wouldn’t tattoo itself into your brain and live on long after the last page.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2019-04-18 04:17

    Not at all a novel for the squeamish (you’ll find that out on the very first page), this is nonetheless one of the most poetic yet most horrifying novels of horror I’ve yet to encounter. “Kin” is also the first writing I’ve read by Kealan Patrick Burke, of whom I’ve heard so much positive praise, and I’m a convert (despite the near constant twinges and trying to shut my eyes as I would have done if this were a movie, and stop my ears-but the novel just impelled me to continue). This novel is so compelling that the reader simply cannot stop. Instead of being like an onion and peeling away the layers of clues to get to the denouement, reading this is more akin to burrowing into a hole in the earth and tunneling miles to discover an immense gem cave. Author Kealan Patrick Burke is like no other-he brings the writing principle of “show, don’t tell” to an entirely new and unexpected level. We learn about his characters, not just from their speech and actions, but more so from how other characters react to their words and respond to their actions. In addition, he explicated depths of character so smoothly that the reader doesn’t even realize what all has been revealed till she backs away from the story for a time and thinks it over.All together, this is is an incredible, awesome, novel. I wish I could recommend it to all, but it is heavily on the graphic end of the continuum (shall we say, Mr. Burke could give “splatterpunk” some lessons?). Nevertheless, if you can, do not miss this one. Again, reading Mr. Burke could function as an entire writer’s course.Original read: April 6 March 4_52015

  • Steve
    2019-04-10 03:40

    Brutal book, shades of Richard Laymon and Edward Lee. Full of well-drawn characters and gritty realism. Not just another inbred hillbilly cannibalism-type horror novel, but one that deals with complex human emotions and how our choices resonate for the rest of our lives, as well as impacting the lives of those around us, revealing a heart of darkness in surprising places. Some would say that this book is horrifyingly sick and depraved, and I would be hard-pressed to disagree. You seldom find books in this genre so well-written, however, with every detail fleshed out to create a picture you almost wish you couldn't see. If you’re looking for flowers, sunshine and rainbows, this book is definitely NOT for you. If you’re looking for gritty, gory, realism, look no further than this book.

  • Jon Recluse
    2019-04-05 04:30

    KIN is an incredible, trailblazing novel by an author at the top of his game. It begins where every other book and movie in the subgenre ends and tells the tale that always needed to be told. How evil does not exist in a vacuum. That an act of violence creates a series of ripples that can do more damage than the initial act itself. How real people, flawed or not, react in the aftermath. Pushing the boundaries of the entire genre and pulsing with raw, visceral emotional power, KIN is sure to become a classic that will raise the standard by which horror is judged.

  • Lars (theatretenor) Skaar
    2019-04-19 03:27

    Kin is perfectionI believe the characters and the plot to be well fleshed our. I enjoyed literally every single page. I didn’t want it to end, wish there was more. Similar to Brother by Ania Ahlborn and the Off Season trilogy by Jack Ketchum. I wish this was part of a trilogy as well so I could just keep reading!KPB knows how to weave a tale. This is his eighth book I’ve read and I enjoyed them all, though this one has now become my favorite. It may even be in my top five overall books!

  • Shandra
    2019-04-19 08:31

    Buddy read with Athena, Cathryn and Andrea starting 4/14. Actual Rating: 4.5 stars. Any spoilers will be clearly marked.That was an extremely well done gore fest!! I'm going to avoid any gifs for this review, since I know a certain someone (you know who you are) that had their review flagged for offensive images. This book was so well written!! We are introduced to Claire at a very terrible time in her life, thus thrusting the reader immediately into the gore they expected when picking this up! Claire and her friends find themselves in Alabama on a trip. While walking in a forest area, they are ambushed by the Merrill family. If you think your family is fucked up and dysfunctional, you haven't met the Merrill's yet! Amongst the Merrill clan, the most popular and noted characters are Luke, Papa-In-Gray, and Momma-In-Bed. These are the most fucked up people evvvvvvver!!The room smelled of sweat and bodily fluids, but he did not mind. It was his mother's perfume to him, and ordinarily soothing.Now she was a mass of suppurating bedsores, fused to the mattress where old wounds had healed the torn flesh and pus had hardened to form a kind of second skin around the material and bedsprings beneath.Papa and Momma have raised their children to believe that they need to be secluded and rid themselves of the poison the rest of the world could inflict on them. They do so in the name of the Lord, although my Lord wouldn't condone the things they do. The scenes we are shown are vivid, and I swear I could see and feel the things that were happening to the characters in this book. Poor Luke with his pizzle…and the rebirth…dear gaaaaaaaaawd!!!!!Claire is the sole survival of the monstrosity that her and her friends were privy to. She is saved by the hands of a few characters, but Pete is the one that sticks throughout the story. My heart ached for Pete. While Claire endured some terrible things, it was Pete that got my love and sympathy. The author did such a great job bringing these characters to life!! The book opened action packed, with blood and gore oozing off the pages!! My twisted heart was in heaven!! As the book progressed, the middle slowed down and became all about character building, and leading up to more blood and gore. I became slightly bored, but nothing that made this a bad book experience for me. However, for that, I am withholding a half a star. With that being said, if you're in the mood for a great bloody book with a fantastic story line, this one is it!!

  • Bandit
    2019-03-31 08:22

    I've been reading Burke for a while now in both short and long form. He's never less than good, but with this novel he finally crosses over into the great territory. This is by far his magnum opus, the book where all the components of plot and writing gel faultlessly and come together with the sublime perfection of peanut butter and jelly or whatever food metaphor works for you. I'm a huge horror fan, but seldom quite so impressed by a genre novel. They tend to fall short in the character development and narrative, relying heavily instead on such genre staples as torture, gore and guts. And while Kin has plenty of that, Burke also manages to do a phenomenal job of peeling all of the curtains and letting the readers see inside every character's mind, however demented or warped. This is a genuinely literary horror novel. Nothing supernatural, just sheer evil of backwoods killers and the lives they maim in the process of their psychotically fanatically driven lives. Backwoods perverted cannibals...not so original, right? Edward Lee, for one, has made an entirety of his early career on those. But where Lee stayed with the obvious cheap thrills (plenty entertaining in their own way), Burke took it to the next level and has done a phenomenal job of it. This book is a powerhouse, very difficult to put down, scary, disturbing, fierce and absolutely awesome. Highly recommended.

  • Gary
    2019-04-18 07:34

    Well plottedThe author manages to maintain a constant sense of tension throughout the story. The characters are well developed, interesting and the dialogue between them is realistic. This is another hillbilly cannibal story, yes. Sometimes a formula works based on the story built around the concept. There are books that have completely new ideas that fail miserably. This book succeeded in drawing me into the story and keeping me there.There are moments of shock and times where the tension reaches a crescendo. highly recommended to fans of the genre.

  • Evans Light
    2019-04-01 07:11

    Though not without flaw, KIN remains one of my top ten favorite horror novels of the last decade. Read it!