Saturday, September 1, 2012

Book Review: Breed: A Novel by Chase Novak

Provided at Book Expo America via Publisher: Mulholland Books - Release Date: 9/4/12

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Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don't have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.

Ten years later, cosseted and adored but living in a house of secrets, the twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked into their rooms every night, with sounds coming from their parents' bedroom getting progressively louder, more violent, and more disturbing.

Driven to a desperate search for answers, Adam and Alice set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the man and woman who raised them. Their discovery will upend everything they thought they knew about their parents and will reveal a threat so horrible that it must be escaped, at any cost.

Breed is the story of the American Dream gone wrong, of having everything and it never being enough, of loving those who potentially hurt us the most, and ultimately of love conquering our darkest urges. I had heard amazing early buzz about Breed before BEA and I was so happy to receive a copy there. Let me tell you now, although Breed took some twists I didn't anticipate, I was by no means disappointed. I finished this book in one page-turning, hair-raising day and loved every minute of it.

Warning: Breed may cause immediate side effects

So, Alex and Leslie have a fairy tale romance. They love each other deeply, have great jobs, have more money and luxury than they could possibly need. They simply have it all...except...they want children, their own children and are unable to make them. Enter a last ditch effort at fertility through a shady connection and even more dubious doctor. Everything should work out just perfectly, right?

"Come in Mr. and Mrs. Twisden, I'll be happy to help you make babies as soon as I'm finished here..."
Cut to ten years later and they have two beautiful twins Alice and Adam. They are gorgeous, brilliant, clever, loving...and being held prisoner in their beautiful Upper East Side home. In order to protect them from eminent danger, Alex and Leslie lock the twins up every night without fail. Leaving the adults to continue their descent into evil while keeping their precious darlings safe.

Yeah...these wooden bars aren't gonna cut it, Ma. Can you padlock the door and put iron bars on my windows, please?

The chase is on as Alice and Adam search for answers about themselves and try to save themselves from certain death. Breed is not for the faint of heart. (Pet lovers in particular, be prepared.) It is gory, messy and disturbing in all of the best ways. The mystery is compelling and the stakes are high.

Quit being so damn cute and RUN! Run for your life!!!!
After finishing Breed I had two distinct thoughts: 1. This would make a great movie and 2. This book needs a sequel. As far as the first thought goes, it remains to be seen, but is probably very likely. And about that second thought, Breed didn't immediately scream sequel to me (I thought it was a stand alone novel) and the ending is not a desperate cliff-hanger (although very shocking). Breed stands very well on its own, but I wanted to know more. More about the minor characters, more about the fates of Adam and Alice, more about the impact of this fertility treatment on the rest of the world. Well, friends, my wishes are coming true. According to the NY Times, Chase Novak (AKA award-winning writer, Scott Spencer) has said he is indeed planning a sequel, Brood. I, for one, can't wait!

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