The Bird Eater

The Bird Eater

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by Ania Ahlborn
     
 

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Twenty years ago, the mysterious death of his aunt left Aaron Holbrook orphaned and alone. He abandoned his rural Arkansas hometown vowing never to return, until his seven-year-old son died in an accident, plunging Aaron into a nightmare of addiction and grief. Desperate to reclaim a piece of himself, he returns to the hills of his childhood, to Holbrook House, where

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Twenty years ago, the mysterious death of his aunt left Aaron Holbrook orphaned and alone. He abandoned his rural Arkansas hometown vowing never to return, until his seven-year-old son died in an accident, plunging Aaron into a nightmare of addiction and grief. Desperate to reclaim a piece of himself, he returns to the hills of his childhood, to Holbrook House, where he hopes to find peace among the memories of his youth. But solace doesn’t come easy. Someone—or something—has other plans.

Like Aaron, Holbrook House is but a shell of what it once was, a target for vandals and ghost hunters who have nicknamed it “the devil’s den.” Aaron doesn’t believe in the paranormal—at least, not until a strange boy begins following him wherever he goes. Plagued by violent dreams and disturbing visions, Aaron begins to wonder if he’s losing his mind. But a festering darkness lurks at the heart of Holbrook House… a darkness that grins from within the shadows, delighting in Aaron’s sorrow, biding its time.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Audio
11/15/2014
When Aaron Holbrook's life falls apart, he returns to his childhood home to try to put both it and his life back together. He is thwarted at every turn by a mysterious (to him) boy who terrorizes both Aaron and the local bird population. Aaron reconnects with old friends as he slowly loses his mind, and the piece culminates in the crashing ruin of all of their lives. Ahlborn (The Shuddering) makes some questionable choices with this work. The major revelations about the antagonist are all front-loaded into the prolog, which kills the mystery and suspense. The female lead makes a series of plot-required dumb decisions that strain credulity. Finally, the author embraces the postmodern trope of mentioning other horror works but fails to capitalize on it. This tendency also highlights the book's similarities with other works and downplays its originality. Nevertheless, there is some genuinely creepy moments and surprisingly good character work for the secondary players. Reader Peter Berkrot does a good job with voices and appropriately times his reading to build anticipation. VERDICT This decent but secondary horror work is recommended for horror fans only.—Tristan M. Boyd, Austin, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480580930
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/28/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Born in Ciechanów, Poland, Ania Ahlborn is also the author of the horror thrillers Seed, The Neighbors, and The Shuddering. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys gourmet cooking, baking, drawing, traveling, and watching movies, and exploring the darkest depths of the human (and sometimes inhuman) condition. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and two dogs.

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The Bird Eater 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Zaelyn More than 1 year ago
The Bird Eater is another strong entry in Ania Ahlborn's horror books. The story is gripping and guides the reader through yet another horrific tale. While it is hard to write a proper review of this genre of book without giving away any spoilers, I suggest anyone interested in horror to read this book as Ahlborn is a very talented author with a love of Horror.
SBMorales More than 1 year ago
Aaron goes back to his hometown after he suffers a life altering tragedy. He finds his childhood friends as well as goes back to his family home where he begins seeing things.This story is not for the faint of heart. It grabbed my attention right from the start and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Once I started it I couldn't put it down. There were so many twists and turns I was questioning my own sanity right along with Aaron. I don't want to go into anymore specifics about the story, because you just need to experience it. If you're like me and love horror this is a story for you!! Find out if his family home is haunted or his sanity has snapped.