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March 12, 2013
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Imagine your father is a monster. Would that mean there are monsters inside you, too? Nineteen-year-old Ry Burke, his mother, and little sister scrape by for a living on their dying family farm. Ry wishes for anything to distract him from the grim memories of his father's physical and emotional abuse. Then a meteorite falls from the sky, bringing with it not only a fragment from another world but also the arrival of a ruthless man intent on destroying the entire family. Soon Ry is forced to defend himself by resurrecting a trio of imaginary childhood protectors: kindly Mr. Furrington, wise Jesus, and the bloodthirsty Scowler.

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Dark and Horrifying Thrill Ride
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Daniel Kraus brings a whole new meaning to horror novels. Scowler is a haunting book that I just couldn't put down. It is one of the darkest and scariest of the year.The novel is an intense and disturbing thrill ride that carries the reader through a brutal, violent, and often tormented story line. Kraus' beautiful turn of phrase, for even the most terrifying images, adds to the eerie tone of the book. Daniel Kraus is a risk taker and it pays off in the novel. His portrayal of Burke family and their struggles of poverty and trauma illustrates what kind of demons people possess when the front door closes.

It is behind this front door of the Burke family home that nightmares occur. Ry's father, Marvin Burke, is one of the most evil characters I have come across in YA this year. The amount of abuse Marvin subjects his family to is unbelievable and often disturbing. The father puts his family through unspeakable evil and it was up to a young Ry to protect his mother and sister. Ry thought his childhood nightmares were behind him. . . but that all changed when the meteorite hit.

Fans of horror, suspense, and thrillers-like Dean Koontz and Stephen King will truly enjoy this book.While labeled young adult - it pushes the envelope with language and descriptive imagery of some pretty gritty things. It isn't for the squeamish and can be pretty graphic. It includes themes of domestic violence, abuse, and mental trauma. But it is a story of family, survival, and the power if the human mind. - Definitely a must read.
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