Book: Black Machetes
Author: Ryan K. Howard
Release Date: June 1, 2014
Reviewer: Margaret Millmore via Book Explosions
Rating: 5 Stars
Ben Wilder lives with his alcoholic mother and his brutally cruel step-father and step-brother. Every day is a perilous walk through the minefield of a highly dysfunctional household. His one respite comes from his friendship with his diverse, but small group of friends. When Ben witnesses a horrible and depraved act committed by his step-father and his step-father’s best friend, he knows he must run or be killed. He finds himself in a small town, where he meets and elderly man who takes him in and raises him with love and kindness. But with every step forward Ben is constantly haunted by the known and unknown acts of his step-father, who brutalizes and kills (and in some cases, rapes) everyone that Ben loves.
Ben’s journey through life brings triumph and tragedy, but you never stop rooting for him. A suspenseful thriller that keeps you turning the pages until the very end! It should be noted, there are scenes that are very disturbing and heartbreaking.
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