Milk-Blood: A Tale of Urban Horror By Mark Matthews


Book Description:

Lilly is ten years old, born with a heart defect, and already addicted to heroin. Her mother is gone from her life, and there are rumors that she was killed by her father and buried near the abandoned house across the street. The house intrigues her, she can’t stay away, and the monstrous homeless man who lives there has been trying to get Lilly to come inside.

For her mother is there, buried in the back, and this homeless man is Lilly’s true father, and both want their daughter back.

My Thoughts:

Many thanks to Maxine at Booklover Catlady Publicity & Reviews and the author as I won an e copy of this book in a give away on Maxine’s Facebook page.

Milk-Blood is quite a disturbing read. I mean how could it not be when the main character Lilly, a ten year old, is a drug addict. I had such empathy for Lilly. Even before her birth, it was quite obvious the world she was going to be brought into was going to be a cruel one.

The story flicks between chapters that are told in the third person to chapters told in the first by Lilly herself. Through the authors descriptions I could sadly visualise what Lilly must look like to others.

I think the fact that this novella is described as an urban horror gives the reader an idea of what to expect. Even though essentially Milk-Blood is a horror story the drug aspect of it is sadly very real. I think the true horror though lies with Lilly as, as a parent I felt a whole array of emotions of the kind of life she has to live.

Milk-Blood is a relatively quick read with it being a novella and is a perfect quick fix for any horror fans out there.

I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.

Milk-Blood is available to purchase from Amazon

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