In BREED by Chase Novak (an alias for writer/novelist Scott Spencer), Alex and Leslie Twisden lead glamorous lives in New York City, but they have been trying without success to have children for years–until they hear about a novel treatment from a Slovenian doctor. Soon, Leslie becomes pregnant with twins, but not without consequences as Alex and Leslie realize they are becoming increasingly animalistic.
Ten years later, adored but living in a house of secrets, the twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked into their rooms every night, with sounds coming from their parents’ bedroom getting progressively louder, more violent, and more disturbing. They set out to learn the true nature of the people who raised them only to reveal a threat so horrible it must be escaped at any cost.
BREED is a good book with a great concept. In my opinion, the writing was a bit stuffy–though not quite stilted–while occasionally breaking open into faster-paced scenes with terrific action in which one empathizes with both hunter and hunted. The tension builds nicely until finding a satisfying ending. Check it out if you’re interested in character-driven horror that is somewhat off the beaten path.