Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
When I read the title of a book sometimes I wonder what significance it holds and what is waiting for me in the pages of the book. Rare Breeds was one of those, and I now see the title was well chosen. Aurel and his sister, Cornelia, have a relationship that is odd, strange and hard to put a finger on. Aurel is married to his wife Zora who has a young daughter, Livie. He hasn’t seen his sister in many years and is perfectly happy not seeing her. His twin sister, Cornelia, was always the stranger of the two with her fascination of the dead. Aurel has a love hate relationship with this sister. For Cornelia it is all love, well, kind of, I guess… Aurel is constantly drawn to her and can’t resist, sibling or not, her pull is too strong. I love Aurel’s constant internal battle with his sister’s relationship and wanting a normal life with his wife Zora and her daughter.
The story was moving in at a great pace and in a solid direction until an incident with Livie. At this point a fair amount of back story is filled in leaving me a bit lost and not understanding the turn in the story. But wait! I spoke too soon, the direction of the story was well hidden, and holy crap I was blindsided by what happened next. Ok, wow I sure as hell didn’t see that coming, well played sir! Now everything I thought I knew has been turned upside down. Suddenly it all makes sense now, a Keyser Söze moment if you will. The episodes of sleep walking were the only detail I was a bit lost on. I don’t know this fit into the story but I don’t care that much either, I enjoyed the journey just the same.
Length: 74 Pages
Publisher: Dark Silo Press
Release date: October 20, 2016
Aurel and Zora Schwartz are a married couple trying to make a modern relationship work. But an old secret is going to affect them in ways neither of them can imagine. And Zora’s daughter Livie may find herself caught in a trap built long before she was born. The ending will leave you stunned and speechless. Get ready to scream.