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  • 09/2016
  • B01M0RSSCA
  • 356 pages
  • $2.99
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  • 12/2016
  • 9781386706854
  • 356 pages
  • $2.99
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  • 12/2016
  • 9781386706854
  • 510 pages
  • $2.99
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  • 12/2016
  • 9781386706854
  • 459 pages
  • $2.99
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  • 01/2017
  • 9781541261471
  • 396 pages
  • $12.99
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  • 12/2016
  • 9780692826942
  • 396 pages
  • $15.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2016
  • 9780692826942
  • 396 pages
  • $15.99
Blood Family
Brent Winter, author

Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Divorced technical writer Alex Whitfield lives a life of studied normalcy, in sharp contrast to his deeply dysfunctional family: uncle in prison for arson, half-sister missing after a stint in rehab, father dead by suicide in a psych ward. But Alex's normal life is shattered one night when he finds his half-sister, April, lying in his bathtub with her wrists slashed--until she disappears a few seconds later. Alex is terrified to think he might have inherited his father's madness, but when he confides in a friend, she suggests that Alex might not have been hallucinating; instead, perhaps he saw April's ghost. Alex doesn't believe in ghosts, and he doesn't want to believe April is dead, either. Still, he dreads hearing what a doctor might say about his sanity, so he delays the inevitable by letting his friend take him to see a "witch" who supposedly can help him. Thus begins Alex's reluctant journey from the streets of Atlanta to the mountains of Appalachia and from this world to the next one as he's forced to grapple with hidden truths about himself, his family, and the very nature of reality. Along the way he'll find friends and enemies among both the living and the dead, and he'll learn why his father really committed suicide, why April went missing, and why she desperately needs his help.
Reviews
Indy Week

One of Indy Week's "Ten Most Fantastical Local Books of 2016"

Kirkus Reviews

Fantasy and horror blend in Winter’s debut novel about a man who discovers his family’s links to the supernatural. 

The relative normality of Alex Whitfield’s existence is a feat in itself. Between his father’s suicide, his half sister’s disappearance, and his uncle’s arson conviction, it’s miraculous that the worst thing he can point to in his own life is a divorce that he’s basically gotten over. But on the anniversary of his dad’s death, he begins to see that there’s much more to the horrors plaguing his family than mental illness—and that he’s nowhere near free of them. When he sees a vision of his half sister, April, in his bathtub with her wrists cut, his mind strays from the rational, and he fears that he’ll be committed to an institution like his father was. His friend Martha advises him to seek out a reputed witch, who introduces him to the existence of a parallel world to our own. There, he may be able to solve the mystery of his family’s plight and save April’s soul, if not her life. But he’ll have to endure a journey across the country and beyond the bounds of reality in order to fight unimaginable enemies and dangers—not to mention something that could pose the biggest challenge of all: the truth. Overall, this novel has a lot to recommend it, especially its complex set of characters, including protagonists and antagonists who provide clear context to Alex’s life and to the more fantastic elements of the story. The prose is clear and crisp throughout but never rushed, giving the tension plenty of time to build. Winter also makes sure the emotional elements of the story—fear, grief, uncertainty—fully hit the reader. The character of Alex is the true core of the novel; his skepticism masks his deep-seated insecurities and fears, and his detachment eventually resolves into a compelling form of courage.

A clever, engaging view into dark places. 

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 09/2016
  • B01M0RSSCA
  • 356 pages
  • $2.99
Ebook Details
  • 12/2016
  • 9781386706854
  • 356 pages
  • $2.99
Ebook Details
  • 12/2016
  • 9781386706854
  • 510 pages
  • $2.99
Ebook Details
  • 12/2016
  • 9781386706854
  • 459 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 01/2017
  • 9781541261471
  • 396 pages
  • $12.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2016
  • 9780692826942
  • 396 pages
  • $15.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2016
  • 9780692826942
  • 396 pages
  • $15.99

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