I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I love horror; the creature features, zombie books, creepy music, and Halloween! I introduced our children to the classic monsters all the way through Halloween, Friday the 13th and the Chain Saw Massacre. I also enjoyed reading about serial killers and their twisted minds but I was in no way prepared for the horror of Garden of Fiends. Stories told from the perspective of addicts – alcohol, drugs and sometimes both, were much more than even I could handle.
Sometimes true horror lies in the truth and with addicts, their truth is true horror. Having a daughter who has dabbled in Vicodin and more, having seen the results of a child impacted mentally by an addict mother, her withdrawal, and daily struggles, well this hit close to home. There does not seem to be an end and each of these stories builds on that horror.
This is not a collection of stories for the faint of heart. There are aspects of each story that is gritty and real. I found this a difficult audiobook to finish because it was brutal and too realistic in portraying human nature and its frailty and selfishness.
The narrator, Rick Gregory provided an extra level of creepiness with his narration style. His voice was smooth and emotionless. You knew something horrible was coming but he never let the listeners know it until it happened. The flow was flawless and did not rely on unnecessary dramatic flair.
There were no issues with the audiobook or quality of production.
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