Publication Date: January 5, 2015
They kept to the shadows so no one would know they existed, and preyed on the nameless who no one would miss. Where did they come from, and who was protecting them? In a city that had seen every kind of savagery, they were something new, something more than murderous. And one woman, who had thought she had lost everything there was to lose in life, would soon find that nothing could possibly prepare her for what would come when she entered their world.
The author serves up torn-up bodies of people missing from the streets. One of the main characters, Karen, has spent years working in a vagrancy shelter. She also happens to be the daughter of the chief of detectives.
It turns out there’s a supernatural force at work, pressing the children into service. Whether it’s a werewolf or not, by the time the storyline wraps up, people realize the severity.
This was a challenging story to read because of the organization. Maybe it would have made more sense to use alternating chapters with multiple points of view. The horror aspect was incorporated well, but I struggled to get into the story.
The Litter delivers a tale of horror in which children mete out murder and mayhem on the streets.
A high-school teacher, former college instructor, and fiction writer, Kevin R. Doyle is the author of numerous short horror stories. He’s also written three crime thrillers, The Group, When You Have to Go There, and And the Devil Walks Away, and one horror novel, The Litter. In the last few years, he’s begun working on the Sam Quinton private eye series, published by Camel Press. The first Quinton book, Squatter’s Rights, was nominated for the 2021 Shamus award for Best First PI Novel. The second book, Heel Turn, was released in March of 2021, while the third in the series, Double Frame, came out in March of 2022.
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