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{Book Review} THE CHILDREN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDDEN by Jonathan Butcher

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Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey

THE CHILDREN AT THE BOTTOM OF THE GARDDEN really surprised me, in a delightfully, disturbing way!! About 2/3 of the way into the book I felt myself being drawn into the characters world of Seadon!  The people involved are unique and the author draws the reader into their depraved lives! I actually liked, felt sorry for, and cheered a couple on! As the reader gets further into the story, you come to realize how entwined the characters become in relation to each other through horrible circumstances! These include murder, beastiality, drugs, and a presence in the haunted garden that each character has dreamed about. This is the first work I’ve read from the author and I have become a fan! Great read!

 

At the edge of the coastal city of Seadon, behind a dilapidated farmhouse surrounded by rotten trees, something titters and calls. The Gardden. Its playful voice promises games, magic, wonders, lies – and roaring torrents of blood. The Gardden speaks not just to its eccentric keeper, but also to the deviants of Seadon’s criminal underworld: a restless goth, a cheating waster, a sullen concubine, a perverted drug baron, and a murderous sociopath. Haunted by shadowed things with coal-black eyes, they’ll soon be lured to a place where nightmares become flesh, secrets rise from the dark, and a voice coaxes them to play and stay, yes yes yes, forever.

Reviewed by Valerie Dorsey

Received a BS degree in Marketing from Indiana University 1982. Have worked in the retail business for the last 19yrs. Raised 4 children, 3 have graduated college. I love animals and reading. Reading has become as much a part of my life as eating! If it’s not done a couple times a day, I feel starved!

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