[722]: The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

Monster mash-up of epic proportions.

The Only Child
by Andrew Pyper

Lily Dominick lives for her job. As a child, she was touched by the horror of having witnessed her mother’s murder. One thing that keeps her up some nights though, was the reason why the murderer left her unscathed.

Despite that traumatic event in her life, she grew up to be an intelligent woman; independent and determined. But there’s a dark side in her that feeds her drive to understand the patients — clients that she encounters day in and day out at Kirby.  A psychiatric facilty that houses the most demented, depraved serial killers and murderers.

One of those clients was a recently arrested beguiling man who had some stories to tell. He claimed to know her before she was even born. He claimed to have done what he’s done if only to get close to her. Even more shocking was his claim that he knew her mother. Then he dropped the mother of all revelations by claiming he was her father.

Meeting “Michael” for the first time reminded me of a scene in Silence of the Lambs where Clarisse sparred with one psychopath named Hannibal Leckter. But Michael was incomparable to the famous cannibal. For one, when he’s not playing human he was a winged, clawed supernatural monster of sorts. What he is precisely is hard to tell. But he’s highly intelligent, indestructible, and possesses the kind of unmatched cruelty amongst serial killers in history. He’s also two centuries old – give or take.

Michael is also a cunning, manipulative monster. Dangling a proverbial carrot for Lily was his favourite. First, was his claim that he knew her mother. And then it was the knowledge that he was her father. There was something about Lily that yearns for this man. Both as a child to a father and in some ways, sexual, morbidly enough. In the end, I never knew which part of her longed for Michael the most. But either way, it neither was normal.

Throughout the story, readers will discover all the ways that Pyper derived from three well-known gothic classics. He seamlessly worked Michael’s character in the creation of the 19th-century horror fiction triumvirate. And as Lily continues her pursuit of the elusive Michael, she’ll piece together her mother’s life and death. All the while encountering a group of assassins who are also on Michael’s trail. This book never lacked for suspense; I flew through the pages like I was also in pursuit.

The Only Child was exactly what you would expect from Andrew Pyper. It’s a very dark fantasy littered with dead bodies and violence. The lure of the three horror classics was irresistible. But in the end, Pyper’s spin was even more incredible.

  • Not a horror fan, but somehow the thriller part draws me in

  • This sounds really different. I could totally see myself reading this book. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

  • That is one of the most exclusive blog tours I have ever seen. I mean, all the reviewers fit onto the banner too! That impresses me for some reason 😀 Also, this one sounds undeniably sinister… even a bit too sinister for me, if you can believe it D:

  • Karen

    I was sort of skimming along and then I see “littered with dead bodies” and I perk up…lol

    Sounds fantastic!

    For What It’s Worth

  • it sounds quite different and dark. I would be curious to try

  • I think I’ll have to put this one my TBR!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I don’t know the author, but this one is a recent addition to my to-read list and I want to check it out even MORE now.


  • Sara Walker

    I don’t do horror, but this book sounds great. I am super curious about it.

  • Ohh, this book sounds pretty dark and awesome 😀 I’m glad you liked it so much Joy. <3 But ugh. You have made me curious about it 🙂 Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

  • This sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the heads up.

  • Wow, that sounds like all kinds of messed up but I’m low key curious. Thanks for the review, Joy!

  • kindlemom1

    Wow. I don’t even know what to say Joy! This sounds twisted but so good too and I’m slightly wondering what that says about me. 😛

  • RO

    I’ve never heard of this author, but my goodness, he goes deep to get a reaction! Wow!

  • Well this sounds messed up, and interesting