Thursday, December 8, 2011

Offspring by Jack Ketchum (CBR-III #45)

Cannonball Read III: Book #45/52
Published: 2006
Pages: 336 (18,005 total pages so far)
Genre: Horror

Offspring is the sequel to Off Season, which I just reviewed. It was published 26 years after the first book and you can tell that Ketchum's writing has gotten a little more polished since 1980. Other than that, it's pretty much the same book.

It follows the same classic horror novel plot as the original: A group of crazy, inbred cave dwellers hunt and torture a bunch of people in Maine. One of the cave dweller kids from the original book survived the massacre that took place at the end and ran. Over the years, she hunted up and down the coast of Maine/Canada and stole a couple of kids along the way to grow the family back. Now they're back in their original territory and pick a new family to hunt. The police also bring back retired Detective Peters who worked on the original case.

Overall, I liked this book. It was a very similar formula to the original, but it's a classic formula that works. I liked how they tied the two books together with Detective Peters coming back and the kid who we didn't know survived the massacre trying to start a new family. It's a quick read and worth it if you're into the genre.

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