The Litter by Kevin R. Doyle
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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.
It’s been a while since I read a horror novel and there is something going bump in the night in this one. Something killing people in the Zone. That part of the city left to the homeless and the lost. Not only killing but mutilating their victims…chewing them.
The book is told from several points of view which gives it more intensity and depth. Karen Bannister is passionate about helping the homeless and when a young boy disappears, she is determined to find him. But she finds much more than she bargained for. Jared Woodson is a seasoned reporter who stumbles upon a secret so big that the cops don’t want anyone to know about it. What Karen and Jared discover is unbelievably savage and dangerous. How will they explain what they saw in that alley and will they survive the fallout?
I was completely riveted by the storyline which included not only the incredible suspense but the sad backstory of Karen and her father’s tragic estrangement. Mr. Doyle’s imagination is diabolical and thought-provoking considering the nightmare aftermath if the cops go in without knowing what awaits them. Of course, I’m not giving you any more than that so read at your own peril.
I am excited to recommend this creepy and chilling tale full of well-developed characters and shocking reveals.
Thank you to Mr. Doyle for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.
The author will award a $10 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner.
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“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Pam said.
“Still think it was a dog?” her partner asked.
“What else could it have been? It doesn’t take the ME over there to know that this guy’s been all chewed up.”
“What I’m getting at is it may not have been a single animal.”
“Come again? Are you thinking of a pack or something?”
“Well,” Gonzales said, “just looking at it . . .” He waved his arm in the direction of the mess on the pavement.
“That’s insane, Enrico. Who the hell ever heard of a pack of dogs attacking people in the middle of a city?”
“You ever hear of one dog doing anything that even remotely looks like that?”
“What about rats?” she asked the older cop, fearful he would laugh in her face.
“I actually thought of that myself for a moment there. It’s not the most far-fetched of possibilities.”
“Not at all. Once, I saw what was left of an old wino eaten by rats, back when I’d been on the force not much longer than you have. But that was a guy who’d crawled under the porch of a house, probably trying to escape the weather. Besides, long ago as it’s been, from what I remember, that body didn’t look anything like this.”
“Not really, no. It looked more like he’d been nibbled on till he was worn down to practically nothing.”
Pam pointed towards the corpse.
“That’s not a bunch of nibbles,” she said.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A retired high school teacher and former college instructor, Kevin R. Doyle is the author of numerous short horror stories. He’s also written four crime thrillers including The Group and The Anchor, 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 fourth Sam Quinton book, Clean Win, was released in March of 2023.