On The Lips Of Children By Mark Matthews


Book Description:

Meet Macon. Tattoo artist. Athlete. Family man.

He’s planning to run a marathon, but the event becomes something terrible.

During a warm-up run, Macon falls prey to a bizarre man and his wife who dwell in an underground drug-smuggling tunnel. They raise their twin children in a way Macon couldn’t imagine: skinning unexpecting victims for food and money.

And Macon, and his family, are next.

My Thoughts:

I won a copy of this book in a giveaway run by Maxine on her Facebook page, Booklover Catlady Publicity & Reviews, so many thanks to Maxine and the author.

To start with I have to admit it did take me awhile to get into this book. I think there’s a couple of reasons for this. Firstly the majority of the characters names were extremely strange. Names such as Macon, Lyrica, Q and T, just to name but a few. For some reason it took me awhile to get my head round them. Another reason for it taking me longer than usual to get into it is that in parts it flicks between present day and Erin and Macons past. Most books will have chapter names or some sort of header to make the reader aware of whether they are reading in the present day or past but as this book didn’t, I did feel a bit lost at times and had to re read parts to get back up to speed.

When I got past the couple of issues I had with the book though, On the Lips of Children is a good horror novella.

The reader is taken on a very dark and scary tour into the lives of the people that live underground in the tunnels. Right from the start the author doesn’t hold back in the horrors that are in those tunnels. I wanted to scream and shout at Erin and Macon to steer clear from the danger that they were going to be facing. The things they had to endure and see is certainly something that would give you nightmares.

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for Luptia and her children, having to live a life in the tunnels with no normality and seeing things that no human should see is not the life you would wish for everyone. It certainly did pull on my heart strings.

Overall I enjoyed On the Lips of Children and will certainly be reading more books by the author. It certainly is a good read for any horror fans.

I have awarded this book 3.5/5 stars.

On The Lips Of Children is available to purchase from Amazon.

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