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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Brood by author Chase Novak (aka Scott Spencer) is the sequel to the fascinating horror story, The Breed. In The Breed we meet Alex and Leslie Twisden, a happily married couple desperate for children. After trying numerous fertility treatments, they turn to a doctor in Slovenia who is using an experimental fertility serum. While it is successful in one sense for they do give birth to twins, Alice and Adam, yet it is unsuccessful because it turns Alex and Leslie into strange hairy cannibals. Brood picks up about two years after the deaths of Leslie and Alex, where The Breed ended. After the twins have been shuffled from foster home to foster home, Leslie’s sister, Cynthia, finally wins custody of Alice and Adam. While Adam takes to his caring aunt, Alice remains distant. Alex and Leslie were not the only couple that turned to the sinister doctor for fertility treatments. There is now a whole pack of children in Central Park with Rodolfol, their leader. The blood of the creepy children is worth a lot of money to the pharmaceutical market for it has the ability to increase lust and desire.
Unfortunately, Brood by Chase Novak falls short of the high bar he set with The Breed. There are several reasons it falls short. The first is it does not flow smoothly. The second and perhaps the most critical is the constant panic attacks of Aunt Cynthia. I found them distracting. However, having voiced my complaints, I still liked this story. I was mesmerized by The Breed, and wanted to know what happened to the twins. I will definitely buy the third book in the series.