Broken Shells by Michael Patrick Hicks

378061434 stars

Release date: 6th February 2018

This is a short and sweet novella that understands that you have to build an affinity with the main character very quickly for the reader to care what happens to them in a short length of time.
Antoine DeWitt is an excellent main character, life isn’t going easy on him and you can empathise with him because though he’s suitably gloomy about his situation, he never wallows in self pity. It’s hard to pity a character that already does it for themselves…
The story itself is a classic, an ancient and secret evil lives underground and is kept there by a family who sacrifice down-and-out humans to them to keep them sated and less likely to go exploring for a food source. What follows is excellently written gore and claustrophobic horror, Antoine is thrown to the beasts underground and has to find the strength to battle his way out.

I loved the action and gratuitous ick in this book, everything about it was visceral and made me want to read on.

 

*Thank you to the author for a free copy of this book at my request in exchange for an honest review*

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