Review : Rotters by Daniel Kraus 

Grave-robbing. What kind of monster would do such a thing? It’s true that Leonardo da Vinci did it, Shakespeare wrote about it, and the resurrection men of nineteenth-century Scotland practically made it an art. But none of this matters to Joey Crouch, a sixteen-year-old straight-A student living in Chicago with his single mom. For the most part, Joey’s life is about playing the trumpet and avoiding the daily humiliations of high school.

Everything changes when Joey’s mother dies in a tragic accident and he is sent to rural Iowa to live with the father he has never known, a strange, solitary man with unimaginable secrets. At first, Joey’s father wants nothing to do with him, but once father and son come to terms with each other, Joey’s life takes a turn both macabre and exhilarating.”


this book is so good and original. I never expected to like it that much. The story was something else, something extremely interesting. the whole grave digging aspect was creepy but also very fascinating. The ending was perfect, i love it. This book was wonderful, just wonderful! 

by now, you guys know i love my horror stories. Rotters is one of them, and it’s so well done. Death is all over the place in this book, physical and emotional death. The atmosphere is so dark and creepy. Daniel Kraus is such a good writer. It’s heavy, the sadness is intense. Joey is a sad person in a unfair life and that gave such a suffocating vibe to the story. Add the macabre aspect and you have one of my new favorite book! 

Joey is a great character. He is relatable (well… maybe not the grave-robbing part). I found him very endearing, i wanted everything to be okay for him. The boy survives so much pain, i admire him in a way. His relationship with is father is so complex. I love the way it develops. At first, they are not sure how to reacted around eachother, but with every pages you get to see that change. it’s beautiful. 

I loved this book and i would highly recommend it if you are into horror… or just looking for a great read. 

Rotters : 5/5


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