This book is hardcore. You have to have a stomach made out of cast iron if you want to survive this experience. This book is filled with horrendous things, actions, and sequences. Edward Lee’s prose is not one of them. He can write. Why haven’t I read him before?
If you can survive the first paragraph of this book, then you can survive the rest of the way. This book contains rape, murder, and brain-eating. Edward Lee pushes the envelope with this one.
This book is considered Splatterpunk. This is a hardcore horror tale cranked up to eleven. The rape, sex, violence, and gore are all extreme. If you have a weak stomach, I recommend skipping over the gory parts. Edward Lee will gross you out, but you will want to keep reading because of his prose.
The Bighead is a local legend that parents tell their children so they won’t misbehave. The legend is real, though. The Bighead is heading home, mutilating bodies on his way. Bodies are ripped apart limb by limb. The Bighead rips people apart with his manhood. The Bighead isn’t the only one wreaking havoc on the Virginia countryside. Wow! Anyways… moving on.
A secret is finally revealed. That reveal is something else. That ending is crazy, too. The final third of the book is jaw-dropping. Hell… the entire book is jaw-dropping. What I like most are the different POVs. The characters are unique. The writing is good.
This book isn’t for the faint of heart. If you have a weak stomach, then you probably need to tread lightly with this one. All in all, it’s a solid read that will turn your stomach often.
3/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐