Melington has changed.
There is an evil lurking in the darkness, under the beds and behind closet doors. It seeks vengeance and retribution and will not be denied.
No one knows this more than Alan Carter. Returning to his hometown after a 20-year absence, he is resolute in uncovering the truth behind his sister's abduction and the strange disappearance of children. Joined by his childhood friend, Alan finds himself thrown into the middle of a conspiracy led by the town council as it desperately tries to hide its secrets from the world.
No child is safe in Melington, and Alan Carter needs to stop the curse that has haunted his hometown for generations. But as Alan's brushes with death become more frequent, he finds himself running out of luck.
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Alan Carter returns to his hometown Melington 20 years after his sister's abduction. He has been obsessed with her disappearance, firmly believing that the abnormally high number of children disappearing from the town isn't simply a coincidence. He decides to expose the town's secret and sets himself on a collision course with the town's council.
Alan's present day story is interjected with journal entries from 1826 written by Jeremiah Carter who has lost his daughter. These two plotlines come together cleverly at the end, and although the book doesn't end with a cliffhanger as such, the story resumes in Shadow's Embrace.
This was my first time reading anything by A.N. Nasser and I have to admit, if it hadn't been for Jake Urry gifting me a copy of the audiobook, I probably wouldn't have picked this book, simply because the title sounded too disturbing.
It is no doubt a horror story, but it was actually quite subtle. There is some violence and obviously, a dark theme involving children, but it's more creepy than bloodthirsty horror. I actually really enjoyed it.
The writing was taut and generally very well done. The only thing I found slightly irritating was the repetitive nature in which Deborah was referred to as "the brunette".
The quality of the audio production was terrific. At the beginning of the audio, I thought I was listening to two different narrators. It was really well done. The suspenseful tone and the spine-chilling nature of the horror elements were done perfectly.
Recommended for anybody who enjoys sinister mysteries with some horror and/or paranormal elements.
Alan Carter has been obsessed by his sister's abduction for 20 years it has consumed him. He returns to the town where he lived to find that children are going missing and he believes it is no coincidence !He is sure they are connected. The Towns council have their secrets and are doing their upmost to keep them so.
As Alan is telling his story , Jeremiah Carter comes in with diary entries about his own lost daughter from 1826.
This horror story is Gruesome, anything with children in turns my stomach, It makes my skin crawl and brings out a maternal protection anger in me , so my blood pressure goes through the roof !
I just need to remember it's a book!
This was a maze of dark and disturbing corners of a world usually unknown to most people.
The Narration was a bit slow to get into the book but once in was excellent, deep,gritty and guttural in parts.The intonation and pace were spot on. Read fantastically by Jake Urry.
I will re-listen to this as I know I will have missed bits and find them 2nd time round.I wil definitely recommend it to my friends who like this Genre.
I listened to this through being given a copy for an honest opinion. I am always on the lookout for Jake Urry Narration.
5 ⭐️ from me for the Author and Narrator
I very much like the characters, the building up of the storyline was very well done although the ending felt rushed but the story is good . I will be listening to the next book.
Jake Urry's voice and his reading makes the characters come to life
Children to the Slaughter was a creepy and interesting audiobook. With children leaving town on more than natural occasions the town has always had a history of a quick turnover in families.
When Alan Carter comes back to Melington, he keeps his cards close to his vest as he tries to figure out exactly what is going on here. His own little sister disappeared when she was little. The only witness was Alan. He never forgot the hand that pulled her down into the sandbox. His family left the town directly after her disappearance. After twenty years he returns.
Bit and pieces wiggle and meld themselves into a very intricate plot. Debra Adams, the best friend of Alan from when they were both children, is surprised to see him return. She has no clue he has more reasons than just to work.
Alan's conspiracy theory hits Debra hard and she turns away from him. There are too many strange occurrences of missing children for decades.
The story is riveting. The narration is eerily wonderful. The voices that Jake Urry presents bring a very emotional response to the tension-filled words that A.I. Nasser writes.
If you love a good horror story, with hands in the dark, turning closet doorknobs and missing children, you are going to love this book. I imagine reading it would give as many chills, but if you want the full effect, get the Audiobook. It is completely chilling.
Singing student, part of Three Wishes WWL charity choir. Burgeoning playwright. Supporting local theatre, indie/unsigned music & film.
If you like sinister and dark tales and 'what goes bump in the night' paranormal horror, then this is for you. It's also a mystery, one that is slowly revealed as the book goes on.
The sandpit scene, the nightmare, was very vividly depicted. It sent chills through me when imagining the scene in my mind. Seriously scary, made more so by Jake Urry's narration.
What would you do to save your child?
Jake's narration once again has great pace and adds much to the creepy and dark text. I loved the structure of the book, where we move between present and past using the journal entries. The back-story of the past is slowly unveiled as the chapters progress, building large doses of tension towards the end.
when Deborah first walked into Alan's garage to find the 70 odd pics of dead or missing children plastered on the wall, her mood going from perfect bliss to absolute horror in seconds!
in what is already a dark and sinister tale Jake's narration adds to the creepy factor , you can feel throughout the book as the tension builds up
there were parts of the book I struggled to get past, not because it was poorly written or narrated but the opposite! I had been drawn into the tale of death, deceit and the paranormal that I could sense something that was going to happen the main characters and it wasn't going to be good!
a dark and sinister tale of death deceit and betrayal going back hundreds of years, after being condemned as insane by his peers and his family after the death of his sister for the past 20 years Alan goes back to his home town to prove them wrong and to find who killed his sister and bring them to justice!
The story is about Alan whose sister disappeared when they were young. Alan has come back to the town where it happened to try to find out what happened to her. A lot of children have disappeared over the years and he wants to know why. What happened to them all?
I liked that it was more spooky than just out and out violent. I like the way the author wrote it with Alan in present day and a journal from 1826. The author did an excellent job with blending the two time periods. The characters were connected through generations so you really get the full impact of how long the horror has gone on. I enjoyed the narrator, Jake Urry. He has a good voice and puts emotions into his reading. At times I forgot it was just one narrator.
If you are reading the book yourself you may find the beginning slow going as the author builds the story. It does quickly pick up though. I think this was better in the audio version. It is more like someone is telling you a story they know. I stayed with it better. If you like spooky, atmospheric stories you may like this one. If you are looking for violent, gory stuff you probably won't.
"A great horror book!"
Step aside boogyman.
I liked that there was always something new to figure out. There are a couple of things that you will be able to find out on your own, but most of the time you will be asking questions.
I have not listened to Jake Urry's other performances yet, but I have a few in my library that I can't wait to get to. He did an amazing job though, he has the perfect voice for the horror genre.
The most extreme reacting I had to this book was a feeling of tension throughout most of the book. There were parts I was actually gritting my teeth because the tension was so high.
This has been one of my favorite books from the horror genre and I would recommend it to any horror fan that doesn't like things too gruesome in a horror story.
I absolutely love the looming sense of dread this book maintains from start to finish. That feeling is getting harder and harder to come by in horror books these days!
Children to the Slaughter has an interesting story line that is cleverly written. Basically (without giving away any spoilers), the town of Melington has a disturbing secret deriving from the late 1800s. The story shifts between happenings in present day Melington, to diary entries written by Jeremiah Carter; and the diary entries delineate the past events which ultimately create the town’s distressing conspiracy. Everything comes together nicely and with a lot of suspense. The narration is very fine, too, and adds a delightfully chilling quality to the overall story. I find Jeremiah Carter’s part to be the most impressive aspect of this performance, as the acted American accent is so perfect you would think it was another narrator! This book is a great start to a new series, and I’m looking forward to book two.
I received this book from the narrator in exchange for and honest and unbiased review.
"Children to the slaughter"
I LOVED this book!It was well written.Narrated wonderfully by Jake Urry.In this town the sins of the father are passed down through the generations.People die,children dissapear.It is all part of some big plan set up in the 1800s.I was provided this book free for review
"Children ro the Slaughter"
I don't have a particular favorite. I did think that this was one of his better performances.
When Topper went after the kids. Incredibly creepy
Felt bad for the children. How the council pick the kids to sacrifice says something about society. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
"My favorite horror series!"
I often feel I'm taking a chance when I'm going to listen to a horror story, but I was very surprised with the Slaughter series and it has become my favorite in the horror genre. I swallowed all 3 books in 2 days.
This story is extremely well-developed and it constantly sent me chills down my spine. In book 1 we are introduced to Alan, who's sister disappeared when they were kids. Of course, noone believes his story about her disappearance and when Alan returns to his hometown he'll investigate the cases of all the missing children himself. Ever since he lost his sister, he's been haunted with nightmares and voices in his head and he won't give up on finding out what happened to his sister and the other missing children.
The story goes back in time to the 1800's, to the journal entries of Alans ancestor Jeremiah. Here's where it all begins and you'll keep guessing and asking questions. The time periods is a brilliant way to tell this story and everything starts to make sense. You won't get the whole story in this book, but you'll get all the answers in the next two books.
All characters are well-developed and very charasmatic. Along with all characters' stories you'll be sitting on the edge throughout the books. The story isn't all that violent, but it's thrilling, chilling and creepy!
When the book ends, you'll get a bonus scene and that's a perfect opening to the next book!
Jake Urry gave an exellent narration and he's perfect for this horror genre. He really gave an heartpounding performance and I wondered where he got those voices from. It's just something he can! Jake's voice mixed with dramatic music in the beginning and the end gave me the chills and I could hear that Jake was in the story 100%.
Note to the author A.I.Nasser: Let Jake Urry narrate all your books. The two of you are a perfect mix!
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
"Great Creepy Story"
Want a creepy story read in a creepy voice? This is the book! The narrator made the book so much better than just reading it.
I have never listened to this narrator before but he was great. Only thing that bugged me was his pronunciation of the word garage.
Your children aren't safe!
"Children to the Slaughter"
This spooky story was fun to listen to. I found it convoluted, slow at times and more suspenseful than horrifying but it was fun nonetheless. Jake Urry does a fantastic job, as always. I'll listen to anything he narrates!
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"Pulled me right in!"
Yes, it hooks you and reels you in.
Didn't really have a favorite character.
I enjoyed it thoroughly! Some of the different character voices were a little odd, but overall he has the perfect tone and accent to lend some extra spookiness to the story.
"Classic plot handled well."
A.I. Nasser's Children to the Slaughter is a relatively short but creepy take on the classic "sins of my father" tale. In this one, the founding fathers of the town of Melington screwed the pooch in a case of wrongful conviction. Ever since, their town has been scarred by disappearing children, a pervasive evil, and an age-old conspiracy. Except after Alan Carter witnessed his sister's disappearance, he became determined to figure out what was going on. Figure it out, and put an end to it once and for all. So after twenty years, and with a plan, he returns to his old hometown. Unfortunately, nothing goes as planned.
This was a good read. Children to the Slaughter took me about a week to listen to on my daily commute to and from work.The author does a good job of establishing the setting right away, and the flashbacks to the time of the original 'sin' were interesting. The tension builds pretty well, but I had trouble connecting to the main character. I understood why he was doing what he did, I just didn't particularly care about him. Still, the story carried along quite well. I hated what was happening to the children, but I also strangely felt sorry for the people involved in the conspiracy. I also liked that there was just a bit of romance involved. Nothing that in any way took away from the story. Just enough to provide the slightest tinge of nostalgia.
Jake Urry did a good job narrating it. His voice has a creepy quality all by itself, so there were certain times during this story when he sent a shiver down my spine. I just wish he read a tad bit faster. Still, with the Audible app, that's easy enough to fix. As I've noted in a previous review, his voice is one of those that can easily be sped up.
Overall, Children to the Slaughter was an entertaining listen/read. It's definitely creepy, without being gore-filled or anything like that. The story actually 'officially' ends around the 5 hour mark, but there's about an hour of a 'bonus' that will really screw with your head.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
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