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Suffer the Children holds a very special place in my dark little heart because not only is it the first John Saul novel I ever read, but it’s one of the books that initially turned me on to horror. 

And no one does horror like John Saul. His terrorific tales have the ability to make you forget that you’re safe in the natural world – and Suffer the Children is a great example of that. It centers on a tale about a family curse that was begun when, long ago, the Conger patriarch killed his own daughter. 

Now, generations later, Jack Conger has reason to believe the curse is real. When, in a drunken rage, he inexplicably assaults his youngest daughter, Sarah – who consequently stops speaking and slips into her own fantasy world – it seems history is beginning to repeat itself. 

Their older daughter, Elizabeth, takes on a kind of mother-role as Jack and his wife try putting the pieces back together but as the family attempts to heal itself, local children begin to disappear and the Congers’ precariously balanced world is about to come crashing down.   

Suffer the Children is old-school horror, which is to say that it pulls no punches; it doesn’t tiptoe around delicate subject matter and, in fact, seems to relish its ability to disturb the reader. I, for one, appreciate that and recommend this book to anyone who likes a little depravity in their fiction. If you have a taste for turmoil and penchant for peril, Suffer the Children just might be up your dark and shadowed alley. 

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