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Reviewed by Tiffany Davis for Readers' Favorite
Sluagh by Darrel Case is a suspenseful story that involves a kid named Max, who was abused as a child by his mother because he resembled his absent from home father. Max seemed to be a typical kid; he wanted to be accepted by everyone. So much so that he decided to go to church for refuge and peace. He was snubbed by one of the members who did not want him around because of his clothes and the fact that he was poor. Max vowed not to return. Throughout the story, Max seemed to be a responsible kid for his age, the only problem is that he wet the bed while sleeping. This part of the story was the hardest to read because the mother would beat Max in an attempt to make him stop urinating in the bed, and it only made his situation even worse. As Max became older, he seemed to become evil as a way of dealing with his own issues; he started to kidnap and kill little boys. As the story takes off, Max moves to a small town to hide out as a pastor of Waynesburg Baptist Church.
From the very beginning, the storyline draws the reader in and it's hard not to empathize with the main character, Max. The story jumped right into the plot with the mother always finding reasons to abuse young Max, so much so that each page became more and more intense. Although the storyline was a bit dark, the overall plot was very well written and intense with the killings and the suspense of wondering what will happen next. The story of Max is one that we can all relate to, whether it be ourselves or someone we know. The novel is straightforward and it entices the reader to go even further into the storyline while wondering what will happen next. Overall, the novel is gripping and filled with surprises; it is a very good book to curl up with on a long weekend.