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Critically celebrated novelist Scott Spencer delivers a Rosemary's Baby-like novel of gothic horror, set against the backdrop of modern-day Upper East Side Manhattan.
Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don't have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.
Ten years later, cosseted and 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.
Driven to a desperate search for answers, Adam and Alice set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the man and woman who raised them. Their discovery will upend everything they thought they knew about their parents and will reveal a threat so horrible that it must be escaped, at any cost.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 157 x 239 x 33mm | 522g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0316198560
  • 9780316198561
  • 1,510,782

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"Smart and brutal, this joins the ranks of such elegant domestic shockers as Lionel Shriver's "We Need to Talk about Kevin", John Ajvide Lindqvist's "Let Me In", and Justin Evans' "A Good and Happy Child"." "Booklist""
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About Chase Novak

Chase Novak is the pseudonym for Scott Spencer. Spencer is the author of ten novels, including "Endless Love," which has sold over two million copies to date," " and the National Book Award finalist "A Ship Made of Paper." He has written for "Rolling Stone," the "New York Times," "The New Yorker," "GQ," and "Harper's. "BREED is his debut novel as Chase Novak.
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4,140 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
5 10% (409)
4 28% (1,149)
3 38% (1,558)
2 18% (738)
1 7% (286)

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My Summary: Alex and Leslie's relationship was always strong. They were happily married for years, and even the age difference couldn't make a dent in their blissfully happy lives. That is, until the couple began wishing for a child. After years of trying with no success, Alex and Leslie begin to look into unorthodox methods, with disastrous results. Ten years later, the Twisdens have everything they could ever have wanted: a pair of lovely twins, perfect in every way. But something is not quite right in the Twisden house, and the twin fleeing sparks a string of events that will call into question everything - especially how far people are willing to go for a child of their own. My Thoughts: Wow. Just... wow. I was struck speechless at the end of this novel, unable to put my thoughts into words for quite some time. Going into Breed, I had no idea what to expect. I've always been an avid fan of sci-fi, but this didn't seem like your run-of-the-mill sci-fi novel. Regardless, I dove in head-first. And I loved every minute of it. I devoured (ha!) every page, staying up well into the night to squeeze in any extra pages. Novak's style of narration was perfect for this eerie novel, revealing little tidbits of information at the perfect moments. I loved the dark, creepy atmosphere. Actually, I loved the whole book. Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys darker, creepier novels. Chase Novak has found a fan in me - I can't wait until his next novel is released. Seriously. I'm expecting nothing short of perfection!show more
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