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From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction. Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they ret From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction. Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?


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From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction. Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they ret From an acclaimed horror writer, a chilling tale of blood-hungry children who rise from the dead in this innovative spin on apocalyptic vampire fiction. Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave…and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were...but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds ten pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

30 review for Suffer the Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    karen

    this is an excellent piece of literary horror, and a clever spin on the traditional vampire story. in this novel, we see the rise of an epidemic that comes to be known as "herod's syndrome" in which all children who have not yet reached puberty suddenly die. not after an illness, not with any warning signs, they just suddenly drop dead, all at once. the immediate aftermath of this is grim - in the relatively small suburb of lansdowne, michigan, where this story takes place, they are suddenly fac this is an excellent piece of literary horror, and a clever spin on the traditional vampire story. in this novel, we see the rise of an epidemic that comes to be known as "herod's syndrome" in which all children who have not yet reached puberty suddenly die. not after an illness, not with any warning signs, they just suddenly drop dead, all at once. the immediate aftermath of this is grim - in the relatively small suburb of lansdowne, michigan, where this story takes place, they are suddenly faced with 90,000 tiny bodies, and the traditional rituals of corpse-disposal and burial and even grief itself become impractical and are replaced by the horrifying but necessary removal of the bodies by the sanitation department after which they are tossed into mass graves before rot can set in. nearly everyone has lost someone, but there is no time for proper mourning, and the collective-grief isolates people in the same way that a single death generally brings people together to offer comfort. but the shock and horror - the unknowing - leaves no room or time for the comfort of a community. this book is most horrifying when it is relaying these kinds of details. supernatural elements are all well and good - chilling in their own way, but when it comes right down to it, it is the "this shit could actually happen" horrors that are the most effective. to me. because i do not believe in vampires. but a sudden pandemic that leaves thousands dead and necessitates thousands of bodies being heaped in a giant hole without even a marker to identify the final resting place of a loved one? yeah, that i believe in. and that would be horrifying enough, but then dilouie is kind enough to lay out what the loss of an entire generation means to the economy, and ultimately, the continuation of the species. "We've got serious problems ahead. Think about all the industries serving kids. Toys, books, TV networks. Movies, breakfast cereal, clothes, car seats. Schools, teachers, pediatricians - jeez, the list goes on and on. They're all basically out of business. We're talking hundreds of billions of dollars, a big chunk of the GDP right there. There's going to be a massive recession…That's not even the half of it. There's going to be at least a twelve-year gap in student enrollment in all schools and colleges, in workers contributing to Social Security, in new people entering the workforce. Think about how many geniuses we lost when Herod's struck. Kids who would have grown up to cure cancer or make a better lightbulb." add to this all of the adult suicides in the wake of herod's, and the fact that since unborn babies also died in the womb during the herod event, it seemed that indicate that we might not ever be able to bring a baby to term again, and you got yourself a horror story. but then we go back into the supernatural. because the kids - they come back. after three days, they climb out of their graves and find their way home to their parents, smelling like what you would smell like if you had been dead for three days. at first, it seems to be a miracle! parents who have been grieving for three days do not care about the smell of rot when it is on the bodies of their returned children. they are just so grateful to have them back. and they hug those little gas-bloated bodies close and thank the heavens above for their reunion. until they die again. oh, this emotional seesaw! but all is not lost. soon it is discovered that if the children ingest human blood, they can be briefly revived. one and a half pints of blood enables one child to come back to life for about three hours, after which they return to their death-state, during which their bodies continue to break down as though they had never come back to life. but blood is a finite resource, and the body can only give so much before it begins to suffer anemia, headaches, weakness and confusion. "It's not recommended to give blood more than once every fifty-six days. It takes that long for the average healthy body to regenerate the lost red blood cells. Take too much, and the body starts to shut down." and that's where things begin to get really scary. because what would you sacrifice to keep your children alive, even briefly? your money, your morals, your health, your body? what wouldn't you trade to keep your family together? what if you have more than one child? what if you are a single mother with only one body to drain? and things get ugly, because there isn't much that parents wouldn't do for their children. and they will do it all. there is one particularly chilling scene that takes place in a grocery store that proves my point about real-horror being wayyyy scarier than supernatural horror. things escalate from there, as they do, and both the children and the parents go through terrible transformations as the story narrows towards its horrifying conclusion. it is wonderful, frightening, bloody stuff, in an admirably layered story that is so much more than just a vampire tale. i definitely want more from this guy. come to my blog!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maiden Misty's Musings

    Herold's disease sweeps the globe, killing all children that have not hit puberty. The world mourns as experts scramble to find out why. Three days later mass graves are being filled, the children miraculously resurrect. Millions of children are suddenly "awake". No vital signs, smell of decay, skin gray, these children are shells of what they used to be. Only one thing brings them back to their former selves: blood. The blood lasts for only so long until more blood is needed to keep the childre Herold's disease sweeps the globe, killing all children that have not hit puberty. The world mourns as experts scramble to find out why. Three days later mass graves are being filled, the children miraculously resurrect. Millions of children are suddenly "awake". No vital signs, smell of decay, skin gray, these children are shells of what they used to be. Only one thing brings them back to their former selves: blood. The blood lasts for only so long until more blood is needed to keep the children awake. One fabulous bloody book. I love the different take on an apocalypse event using children as our downfall. Parents will fight to the end to make sure their child survives, even if that child is not really their child anymore. Recommend!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Rat bastards! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  4. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    Welcome to Herod’s Syndrome, where blood thirsty children rise from the dead and need a continuous supply of good stuff to “live.” Pet Semetary with kids instead of animals, and for me, a little Lost Boys feel at times.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    YO. I gotta tell ya'll, this is one fucked-up little book! Let's start with this book's awesome premise. Out of nowhere, a worldwide event (later dubbed Herod's Syndrome) causes all pre-pubescent children to drop dead. Then, after three days, it resurrects them, but in order to stay resurrected, they need to ingest a certain amount of human blood. The novel follows three families as they navigate this new reality. Craig DiLouie takes this crazy concept and really milks it for all it's worth, deli YO. I gotta tell ya'll, this is one fucked-up little book! Let's start with this book's awesome premise. Out of nowhere, a worldwide event (later dubbed Herod's Syndrome) causes all pre-pubescent children to drop dead. Then, after three days, it resurrects them, but in order to stay resurrected, they need to ingest a certain amount of human blood. The novel follows three families as they navigate this new reality. Craig DiLouie takes this crazy concept and really milks it for all it's worth, delivering a creative twist on vampire fiction and on end-of-the-world fiction as well. He delivers horror in the way that Stephen King does with Pet Sematary, feeding on the terrifying concept of a parent dealing with the sudden death of their child, and the lengths that a dedicated parent would go to in order to keep their children alive. One of the clever things is that it's not even the bloodthirsty children that are scary in this. In fact, when their hunger is satisfied, they're essentially their old child-like selves again. What really brings the horror is watching what the parents have to go through after the children die (like the horrible notion of having to deliver your rotting 8-year-old for burial in a mass grave) and then see what happens when the children come back and the parents realize that it's possible to keep their children alive by feeding them human blood. That one simple thing that can make them whole again, back to the happy children they remember them being. That's what's truly terrifying: watching how this discovery slowly breaks down society, and realize that it's actually really believable. That grocery store sequence? Damn. That's one of the most unnerving and horrifyingly effective sequences I've read in a very long time! And there are other similar scenes in this one that really gave me the willies! Another clever thing about this concept is that DiLouie can have the parents do anything in this book and it would be believable. Because what parent wouldn't do anything to be with their kids longer? As I mentioned, DiLouie milks his ideas for all their worth and delivers a truly unsettling story with interesting characters, cinematic prose and some surprising twists of the fucked-up variety. While writing this, I thought to myself: am I really giving this book 5-stars? But I really have no complaints with this bad-boy, so yep, there you go! It's an engaging mix of science-fiction and horror and is everything that end-of-the-world/apocalyptic fiction should be. "There were so many times I was too tired to play with him. Too distracted by work to really listen. Too irritated by his tantrums and sickliness to be present. Understand? But not now. I look back sometimes, and I can't believe what used to matter to me. The things I used as excuses to get away. Not now. This is a different time. A purer time. I've never known such clarity. The only thing that matters is blood."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brandon Baker

    Horrific. This is probably the most soul shattering book I’ve read in recent memory!! Every child on earth dies. 3 days later, they come back to life, but can only survive by feeding on human blood. We read from the POV of a handful of parents, a doctor, and even a few afflicted children. I’m not very good at expressing my thoughts through written reviews, but man was this devastatingly depressing 😅 This definitely won’t be my last book by DiLouie, but I might need to wait a few months if his oth Horrific. This is probably the most soul shattering book I’ve read in recent memory!! Every child on earth dies. 3 days later, they come back to life, but can only survive by feeding on human blood. We read from the POV of a handful of parents, a doctor, and even a few afflicted children. I’m not very good at expressing my thoughts through written reviews, but man was this devastatingly depressing 😅 This definitely won’t be my last book by DiLouie, but I might need to wait a few months if his other books are even slightly as sad as this was 😂 ***TW’s for animal and child death, self harm, lots of blood drawing, autopsies, and just general violence and depravity.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Silvanna

    Brilliantly disturbing. A truly apocalyptic novel.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    Hey-O! This was a fun book. I think the party started when I joined a buddy read with some girlfriends of mine on Instagram that love sick and horrible things as much as I do. What's wrong with us? So if you want a plot summary, there's a good one right here on Goodreads and the back of this book. If you want my opinion on this book, it goes like this: The pages flew by. The story is fast paced and instantly engaging. The narrator bounces around from 3-4 character narratives and their unique story Hey-O! This was a fun book. I think the party started when I joined a buddy read with some girlfriends of mine on Instagram that love sick and horrible things as much as I do. What's wrong with us? So if you want a plot summary, there's a good one right here on Goodreads and the back of this book. If you want my opinion on this book, it goes like this: The pages flew by. The story is fast paced and instantly engaging. The narrator bounces around from 3-4 character narratives and their unique story surrounding a global event. I didn't find that I was particularly invested in any of these characters, I didn't really identify with them--which is interesting in the horror genre, sometimes I don't want to care about people because I know bad things are going to happen. And sometimes, Like with Nick Cutter, Ania Ahlborn and Stephen King, I care. And it hurts. And I like it. So! I didn't care about the characters much and as the story moved forward, I felt like they were a bit exaggerated/unrealistic/over-the-top anyways, but it was good for the story. It made sense. I loved the new take on vampires. Very creepy and there was plenty of suspense and eerie foreboding. My only complaints are: there were a few info dumps carefully arranged as inner mind chat from a character that is a doctor--it felt like that was lazy storytelling. I wanted there to be a continuation of the story going on globally, it started out as a global event but the focus got tunnel vision halfway through and I thought it lacked in the "bigger picture" department. About 50 pages away from the end, I felt like the story was sliding off the rails a little. The characters were behaving a little too crazy for me and the ending was so good, with a great narrative that I kind of wished that part had happened a little sooner and we could have more of that and less of the other crazy business, but that's just being knitpicky, I suppose. Overall, this was a fun, scary, engaging read and I loved it all up! **Perhaps maybe a trigger warning for people who have lost a child--I don't think I'd read this book if you've gone through that.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Johann (jobis89)

    4.5 stars. Thoroughly enjoyed this book with its creepy blood-drinking children!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jordaline Vulva

    Omfg

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    Right from the start my gut was telling me that I'd ADORE this book and my gut was 100% right! In fact, I loved it so much that I think it might actually be one of my top five reads of the year. It had everything I look for in a book and MUCH more! I was instantly hooked right from the beginning and I just couldn't stop turning the pages. I was both horrified and fascinated by the whole idea behind the story. It's really quite terrifying if you think about it because it raises the question of ho Right from the start my gut was telling me that I'd ADORE this book and my gut was 100% right! In fact, I loved it so much that I think it might actually be one of my top five reads of the year. It had everything I look for in a book and MUCH more! I was instantly hooked right from the beginning and I just couldn't stop turning the pages. I was both horrified and fascinated by the whole idea behind the story. It's really quite terrifying if you think about it because it raises the question of how far a parent will go to keep their children alive. I've tried to pick a favourite character but I just can't seem to. I enjoyed all of them for different reasons, some I loved, some I hated and some I just loved to hate. It was really the perfect balance of all kinds of characters to keep me interested and invested in the story! By the ending of the book I felt like I was INSIDE the story and it was absolutely terrifying but in the best way possible. The ending was absolutely brilliant and gave me shivers. This book really struck a nerve with me and I don't think I've ever read a horror novel that has marked me in the way this one did!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie Colson

    4.5⭐️ I loved this! It is so creepy and sad. It has Pet Semetary vibes for sure. It gets very emotional and realistic while also being so disturbing. It’s definitely a story of grief and what you’ll do to protect your children. The answer is a whole hell of a lot

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    4 to 4.5 stars First of all I have to proclaim my love for creepy kids in horror books & movies, nothing is scarier than a evil child. There are lots of hungry creepy kids in this one! I thought this was an interesting take on vampirism. A disease, named Herod, strikes all children of the world killing them. Days later the children are miraculously resurrected but the children are hungry.....for blood. This book explores just how far parents will go for their children. As a mother I could easily 4 to 4.5 stars First of all I have to proclaim my love for creepy kids in horror books & movies, nothing is scarier than a evil child. There are lots of hungry creepy kids in this one! I thought this was an interesting take on vampirism. A disease, named Herod, strikes all children of the world killing them. Days later the children are miraculously resurrected but the children are hungry.....for blood. This book explores just how far parents will go for their children. As a mother I could easily identify with the struggles the parents faced in this story. If you enjoy a good vampire horror story, definitely check this one out!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    3.0 Stars The horror in the story more comes from the devastating loss of the children rather than their vampire resurrection. This was a very emotional story, addressing themes from grief to the lengths parents will go to save their children. As someone without children, I did not entirely connect with this story. I would recommend this one to parents since they will likely get more out of the story than I did.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ❤Ninja Bunneh❤

    If creepy kid from The Walking Dead, creepy kid from 30 Days of Night, and Gage from all got together, you would have Suffer the Children. Kids under the age of 12 are dropping like flies for no apparent reason. Parents are consumed with grief, mourning their children, in a state of worldwide shock and disbelief. Society struggles to maintain order as well as handle the devastation. Suddenly after three days, the kids awaken. However, they aren't the same. In a state of decomposition th If creepy kid from The Walking Dead, creepy kid from 30 Days of Night, and Gage from all got together, you would have Suffer the Children. Kids under the age of 12 are dropping like flies for no apparent reason. Parents are consumed with grief, mourning their children, in a state of worldwide shock and disbelief. Society struggles to maintain order as well as handle the devastation. Suddenly after three days, the kids awaken. However, they aren't the same. In a state of decomposition they wander home to their parents, who welcome them back with sobs of joy and open arms. After all, what's a bit of a stink and leaky bodily fluids when your child has awakened from the dead? The kids once again die and it soon becomes clear that the only way to keep them animated is to provide them with blood. Each pint of blood is enough to keep a child "alive" for an hour. The children are not the same, but denial is a powerful thing. Parents soon find themselves in a struggle to provide this nourishment and will do anything it takes to obtain it. Humanity and sanity have left the building. Have we learned nothing from wee little Gage? Sometimes, dead is better. 3 Blood-Sucking-Ninja-Bunnehs (Arc provided in exchange for an honest review.)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Hoffman

    Suffer the Children is the latest novel written by Craig DeLouie. What's instantly gripping about this novel and pretty much sparked my interest was the creepy cover. I mean look at it. The dirty, dilapidated, beheaded doll always suggests the novel will be pure horror. Long story short, this cover was a tad bit misleading. It's a normal day like any other in this Michigan town when kids start dropping like flies. They just flat out die. Not just the children in this small town, but EVERY child u Suffer the Children is the latest novel written by Craig DeLouie. What's instantly gripping about this novel and pretty much sparked my interest was the creepy cover. I mean look at it. The dirty, dilapidated, beheaded doll always suggests the novel will be pure horror. Long story short, this cover was a tad bit misleading. It's a normal day like any other in this Michigan town when kids start dropping like flies. They just flat out die. Not just the children in this small town, but EVERY child under a certain age. Everywhere parents are wondering what happens next. Is this the end of the human race? Even unborn children that are in the protection of their mothers womb is not safe from whatever's plaguing the world. This all happens pretty early in the story since the true girth of this novel doesn't begin until all the children start coming back with a taste for blood. Grieving parents everywhere are left trying to keep their children alive with their own blood. The problem is this is only a temporary solution since the children are only alive for a few hours at a time. Usher in life after Herod's Syndrome which becomes an existence where it is those who have children against those who don't and blood is the only currency that matters. Suffer the Children is a quick read that I could have possibly gotten through in a few hours but... c'mon, we all have work, school, and life to get to. Anyway, DiLouie instantly grabbed my attention by the neck and did not let go. I was as invested in preserving the lives of these children as their parents were. But surely, life started deteriorating for all the people involved. So why the 2-star rating? The answer is that eventually I felt that there just wasn't enough here to propel the vampire genre forward. Even bloodsucking kids couldn't save this title for me. Although my take on Suffer the Children is a little more "philosophical"... it still wasn't enough. Philosophical you say? Yes. I see parents who would do anything they possibly can to save their children, or at least to keep them happy. And I mean anything. I remember all those crazy parents who fight each other for the last "tickle-me-elmo" or the ones who spoil their children rotten and declare that the sociopath they raised just maybe wasn't given enough to keep from turning into a homicidal maniac. The parents in Suffer the Children are the absolute extreme but I've seen enough children having tantrums in the grocery store to know that most parents aren't far from point. Anything, and I mean anything, to keep little Johnny or Sara happy. Although I wasn't blown away by Suffer the Children I actually look forward to reading more by this author. This novel wasn't bad, I just think the whole vampire thing is the black t-shirt you keep rewashing that fades with every cycle. That black is not coming back. Copy provided by Simon & Schuster via Netgalley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Matt Rudy

    How far would you go to feed your child? Would you give your own blood? Would you kill for them? In this apocolptic book the parents have to really think about these questions. All of the children in this book are infected by Herod's Syndrome. This illness begins by killing every child in the world. Then it brings them back. These children are not the same once they come back from the grave. They are creepy little vampires who need blood in order to survive. This book is super twisted, but also s How far would you go to feed your child? Would you give your own blood? Would you kill for them? In this apocolptic book the parents have to really think about these questions. All of the children in this book are infected by Herod's Syndrome. This illness begins by killing every child in the world. Then it brings them back. These children are not the same once they come back from the grave. They are creepy little vampires who need blood in order to survive. This book is super twisted, but also strangely satisfying if you are into horror stories. The parents do some crazy stuff to themselves and others in order to keep their children alive. Of course not everyone is on the same page and this causes chaos. To make things more intense these little children are not fully the kids that they use to be. They might have some of their memories and personality, but this changes quickly. They just want their blood. If Herold's Syndrome was real I would want to be as far away from these kids as possible.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    An excellent chiller of a book with no happy ending in sight!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Creepy creepy creepy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cody | CodysBookshelf

    One day, out of the blue, all the pre-pubescent children in the world drop dead. Three days later, they come back to life — and the only thing that can keep them alive is blood. Desperate to keep their young ones, parents and family friends and relatives donate as much blood as possible . . . but soon enough, civilization breaks down, for this is a vicious cycle. A pint of blood is good for only an hour or so of life. And in the meantime, the children’s bodies are decomposing, despite the fact t One day, out of the blue, all the pre-pubescent children in the world drop dead. Three days later, they come back to life — and the only thing that can keep them alive is blood. Desperate to keep their young ones, parents and family friends and relatives donate as much blood as possible . . . but soon enough, civilization breaks down, for this is a vicious cycle. A pint of blood is good for only an hour or so of life. And in the meantime, the children’s bodies are decomposing, despite the fact that they are, in some form, alive. Okay, this book is pulpy as hell. But I had fun. It’s an interesting take on the zombie apocalypse genre for sure, and I could not put it down. This one is tense from the first page (the reader can almost hear the clock ticking toward the inevitable). It is more than a little cheesy, but it also packs some punches. What kept me turning the pages was the shifting perspectives. We get bits of the story from Joan and Doug, parents of two young kids affected by what is known as Herod’s Disease; Ramona, a single mother and career woman; David, a local pediatrician; and, from time to time, a couple of the children in their resurrected state. The story unfolds at a brisk clip, and I was never uninvolved. However, I really did not care for Doug. He was just obnoxious and bitchy. And the author pounds the reader over the head with the idea that Doug is sure everyone is out to get him, always has been — but we never really see why. I just didn’t care about him. He oozed with toxic masculinity and I found myself sighing when the book shifted to his perspective. Blah. This is a really fun, creepy read. I do feel the story’s potential was not fully realized (it could have been much gorier and scarier, in my opinion) and Doug drove me batty! But I had a nice time. Read for ‘The Dead Will Walk’ in Halloween Bingo.

  21. 5 out of 5

    carissa | the.grim.readers

    WOAH this is one that will definitely stick with me. This story was so creepily unsettling throughout most of the story that I was finding myself frequently cringing as I followed along with the audiobook. The narration was extremely well-done and really kept me immersed in the story from start to finish. What do you get when you cross creepy kids, an apocalyptic event, and requiring blood to stay alive? THIS BOOK. Highly recommend picking this one up if you enjoy the horror genre and love a goo WOAH this is one that will definitely stick with me. This story was so creepily unsettling throughout most of the story that I was finding myself frequently cringing as I followed along with the audiobook. The narration was extremely well-done and really kept me immersed in the story from start to finish. What do you get when you cross creepy kids, an apocalyptic event, and requiring blood to stay alive? THIS BOOK. Highly recommend picking this one up if you enjoy the horror genre and love a good creepy kid troupe.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    What would you do if your kids suddenly dropped dead? What if they came back and asked you for one thing, only one little thing to make them whole again? Would you give them anything for more time with them. Even if the time were measured not in years, months, weeks, or days, but in minutes? I shudder to think what would happen to anyone in that situation, let alone the entire world. Suffer the Children was simply put one of the best horror novels I have ever read. I went into this book expecting What would you do if your kids suddenly dropped dead? What if they came back and asked you for one thing, only one little thing to make them whole again? Would you give them anything for more time with them. Even if the time were measured not in years, months, weeks, or days, but in minutes? I shudder to think what would happen to anyone in that situation, let alone the entire world. Suffer the Children was simply put one of the best horror novels I have ever read. I went into this book expecting to have my heart strings pulled, and maybe jump at the bumps in the night for a night or two. Instead I got an absolute and total mind bend. I was absolutely freaked out. The ambiance of the book starts of creepy and dark, and just spirals out of control. My favorite books contain gore, horror, and chaos. All wrapped up in this horrible thing called feelings. DiLouie pours these things all over the pages and then sprinkles a cocktail of gun powder and gasoline on top. Then for the finale he lights the match. I can't believe it he lit that match. My stomach hurts. And not because I ate anything bad. It's been hurting since I got to 50% in this book. It's at that point that you know for sure that the outcome is going to be...what it is. I'm not saying the book is predictable. It's not at all. I had a glimmer, a thought that the book would end the way it did, but I kept thinking. 'Nah, he's not gonna do that.' This is my first book by Craig. And it's very safe to say it won't be my last. The writing was on point. He portrayed real people. The parents felt authentic, their actions were true to what I know as a parent, and the kids were definitely really kids. It made the whole thing like a hard punch to my gut. The book is told in alternating third person POV. It was the perfect way to portray the story. It gave it the scope it needed to pull of such a huge tale. I can't say that I was rooting for any particular character, none of them were very likable, but that's because people aren't very nice in situations like these. DiLouie showed us the humanity at it's worst. Yet, there were glimpses of humanity at it's best peppered through out. Ultimately Suffer the Children was an amazingly well done novel. One that I very much enjoyed reading (that sounds/reads so wrong). Thank you to the publishers and netgalley for allowing me to get a review copy of this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becki

    The gist. The world is hit by an epidemic called Herod's Syndrome. Where children who have not hit puberty suddenly die unexpectedly with very little notable symptoms. The expression "Love is blind" I find really describes this book. And no I don't mean about finding your soul mate. We follow varied POV's in this novel each from a different lifestyle but very similar approach to the lives of their children and this is where I find the expression "love is blind" works. After the loss of the chil The gist. The world is hit by an epidemic called Herod's Syndrome. Where children who have not hit puberty suddenly die unexpectedly with very little notable symptoms. The expression "Love is blind" I find really describes this book. And no I don't mean about finding your soul mate. We follow varied POV's in this novel each from a different lifestyle but very similar approach to the lives of their children and this is where I find the expression "love is blind" works. After the loss of the children every parent is going through the grieving process and realizing their children are gone. Only to have their children come back from approximately three days of being deceased. All thoughts go straight to being a miracle. And this is where they start going blind. The cold touch of the children, The reek of death emanating from them, Their dead unfocused eyes. The parents all shrug it off. Not wanting to see they're really not back. But there is a treatment. But it comes with a heavy price and for one pint of blood you get one hour with your child. Now all the parents are blind. Only focusing on their child and the blood. Disregarding the behavioral and physical changes in them. Throwing their lives and anyone else's to the wind with no thought of the consequences. Just blind pursuit to save their child. And when someone finally realizes what they have done. Too late. And this is what makes this book so good. I don't have children but my niece has lived with me since she came home from the hospital just a little under four years ago. I bathe her five days a week. I have babysat her since she arrived. Feed her, saw her start walking, heard her trying to say my name. I do consider her mine. And this book hit really close to home. I would like to think I would let her go. But until faced with that I don't know what I really would do. I could devolve just like those parents and that my friends is true horror. This book just isn't a new take on the vampire myth. It is also the take of heartbreaking, irrevocable and selfless love in it's most twisted form.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    It was ugly and horrifying and so effing intense. This was the easiest to read horror book I've ever read. The ones I've read before were either too heavy on the characterization, too heavy on the science, or too heavy on the build-up. But not this one. It got right into it after a brief introduction to the lives of our major players and I liked this approach. The plot peels one unpleasant layer after another as the actions and their reactions pile up. I was terrified but unable to stop reading, a It was ugly and horrifying and so effing intense. This was the easiest to read horror book I've ever read. The ones I've read before were either too heavy on the characterization, too heavy on the science, or too heavy on the build-up. But not this one. It got right into it after a brief introduction to the lives of our major players and I liked this approach. The plot peels one unpleasant layer after another as the actions and their reactions pile up. I was terrified but unable to stop reading, and that's a mark of a good horror book right there. The author took an open-ended approach to the story and having just finished the book I'm uncertain how I feel about it. The climax and epilogue were gruesome and dark. But leaving it to the imagination did make me feel frightened and creeped out. On the other hand, while I like the lighter-hand-on-the-science part, the lack of a concrete explanation or plan for the future left me a bit disappointed? I mean I'm okay if you tell me there's no silver lining, the world will go to hell no matter what, but expanding on the whys and hows would have made it easier to bear. The author should have at least explained how the 'condition' struck like it did. Every post-apocalyptic story at least explains that. So, yes, sketchy ending but incredible otherwise. P.S: I borrowed a doll so I could photograph it for bookstagram. It's sitting right in front of me and I feel CREEPED OUT.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hafsa Sabira

    Not a fan of zombie or any kind of apocalypse but still I loved this novel. Imagine a blood thirsty parasite suddenly attacking all the children under puberty, causing them to die, only to wake them up later to become blood-thirsty vampire-like creatures! What will the parents do to save their children from dying again? Some may give up eventually but some will cross any mark of humanity to save their already-dead children. The most praiseworthy part of the novel is the character portarayal which Not a fan of zombie or any kind of apocalypse but still I loved this novel. Imagine a blood thirsty parasite suddenly attacking all the children under puberty, causing them to die, only to wake them up later to become blood-thirsty vampire-like creatures! What will the parents do to save their children from dying again? Some may give up eventually but some will cross any mark of humanity to save their already-dead children. The most praiseworthy part of the novel is the character portarayal which is pretty much flawless and all the characters remain true to themselves till the end. This shows how careful the writer is about human psychology. Also, the way DiLouie rises up tension in the readers' minds is another reason why this novel is so brilliant. Hats off to the writer for an amazing writing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anna Janelle

    Parents beware. This book will tug on your heartstrings and then callously rip out those heartstrings to feed to the world’s population of undead children. Set to be released in May 2014, I received an advanced reader copy of this thrilling new horror from Netgalley. As a mother, I’m not exaggerating when I say that the first half of this book scared the bejeezus out of me; and, really, the first half of the book was just setting up the more traditional horror elements of the second half. This b Parents beware. This book will tug on your heartstrings and then callously rip out those heartstrings to feed to the world’s population of undead children. Set to be released in May 2014, I received an advanced reader copy of this thrilling new horror from Netgalley. As a mother, I’m not exaggerating when I say that the first half of this book scared the bejeezus out of me; and, really, the first half of the book was just setting up the more traditional horror elements of the second half. This book will have you blinking away tears and then glancing through those watery eyes just a little bit closer at your beloved children. Suffer the Children follows a number of parents during the days both before and after the so-called Herod Event, an apocalyptic disaster that suddenly and inexplicably decimates the entire population of prepubescent children. Herod, a parasite that lies dormant in the blood of all humans, awakens all at once to strike down the world’s most precious resource – our children. Infants, toddlers, preteens, even those fetuses still incubating inside their mothers – all gone in the blink of an eye. As the world tries to understand the tragedy in terms of the impact of the Event on the economy and religion, parents try to come to terms with the loss of their identity as a family. (Side note: the most moving parts of this novel are the sections detailing the families’ coming to terms with the loss of their children. As a mother, the scenes involving the mass burials and removal of their bodies were nightmarishly chilling and grisly – almost impossible to read without becoming emotional). Days after this Event, the children are miraculously reanimated and returned to their parents; however, their continued existence requires a strange and hard-to-come-by form of sustenance – human blood. What follows is a disturbing dystopian struggle that pits parent against parent, leading to the larger question: just what would you do, as a parent, to ensure that your child survives? Overall, I really enjoyed the book as a whole, but I especially enjoyed the ending. It is a great piece of contemporary horror that readers should be anxious to read upon its release.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Belinda Frisch

    Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie is anything but your typical “vampire” novel, and I mean that in the best possible way. A genesis tale of sorts, I think there’s a lot of life left in this literary world. I hope the author continues and makes this a series because to say that this book had me glued to the pages would be an understatement. Humanizing, logical, and emotional, Suffer the Children is every parent’s worst nightmare come to life. What if all of the children in the world simultaneou Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie is anything but your typical “vampire” novel, and I mean that in the best possible way. A genesis tale of sorts, I think there’s a lot of life left in this literary world. I hope the author continues and makes this a series because to say that this book had me glued to the pages would be an understatement. Humanizing, logical, and emotional, Suffer the Children is every parent’s worst nightmare come to life. What if all of the children in the world simultaneously died, and it took blood sacrifice to get the shortest bit of time with them? The Herod’s Event has made this a worldwide reality, leaving each parent to decide how far they will go. As time goes on, the children are less and less human. Still, love is love. A single parent, a married couple glued together by their children, and a doctor/nurse couple who lost their son before Herod’s are at the center of this outbreak tale. The author does an incredible job giving each of their lives critical meaning as he switches seamlessly between multiple points of view. There are a thousand other scenarios that could have played out, but a book can only be so long. What the author writes is nothing short of well-researched, and oddly plausible. I mean that in the way The Purge seemed like an impossible idea, but both movies were incredibly realistic despite the far-fetched premise. Suffer the Children is the same. Once initial disbelief is suspended, everything else seems bone-chillingly logical. It’s the small things that make this book a horror standout for me. It doesn’t seem like much, but at one point in the book, one of the main characters is abducted. His captors all go by the name of “Smiley,” be it “Doctor Smiley,” or “Officer Smiley;” masked men who are startlingly homogenous. The scene resonates. Highly recommended. This is the first book of Craig DiLouie’s that I have read, but it won’t be my last. An emphatic and rare five stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    I had no idea what to expect when I first picked up this book, I completely ignored the synopsis from the back of the book. As I read I really got into the story. Here's a quick summary from Suffer the Children, children are dropping dead at random and parents are freaking out and nobody knows the cause of all these deaths. Later we find out it's called the Herod Syndrome, days after the children are have died soon enough they come back from the dead, hungry for blood. It's up to the parents if I had no idea what to expect when I first picked up this book, I completely ignored the synopsis from the back of the book. As I read I really got into the story. Here's a quick summary from Suffer the Children, children are dropping dead at random and parents are freaking out and nobody knows the cause of all these deaths. Later we find out it's called the Herod Syndrome, days after the children are have died soon enough they come back from the dead, hungry for blood. It's up to the parents if It worth doing whatever it takes to keep their children alive. Overall, I thought it was a great story about children becoming vampires and parents making bizarre decisions to save their children. I honestly don't know what was more horrifying the children or the parents.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wheeler

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Holy hell. This was an amazing book. I've never had a piece of apocalyptic/dystopian fiction affect me so viscerally. I couldn't help asking myself the same critical question each parent in the storyline had to answer. What WOULDN’T I do to keep my son alive? To spend a few more precious moments with him? The answer is: NOTHING. There is nothing I wouldn't do. No lie I wouldn't tell, no action I would consider too depraved to carry out. I would do...ANYTHING. Holy hell. This was an amazing book. I've never had a piece of apocalyptic/dystopian fiction affect me so viscerally. I couldn't help asking myself the same critical question each parent in the storyline had to answer. What WOULDN’T I do to keep my son alive? To spend a few more precious moments with him? The answer is: NOTHING. There is nothing I wouldn't do. No lie I wouldn't tell, no action I would consider too depraved to carry out. I would do...ANYTHING.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Now $9.99. I need to read this soon. ***************************************** Currently on sale for Kindle for $2.99, this 2014 Stoker Award nominee sounds creepy as all get out. Get your copy here. Now $9.99. I need to read this soon. ***************************************** Currently on sale for Kindle for $2.99, this 2014 Stoker Award nominee sounds creepy as all get out. Get your copy here.

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