Alex and The Gruff (a tale of horror) Reviews






This is the tale of a polite and well-mannered boy named Alex who; after being abducted by a pedophile, develops an incredible bond with an angry and foul mouthed doll called The Gruff who teaches young Alex how to find his voice.

When Alex wakes bound in a wooden coffin to manic cursing and abusing, he finds something he’d never imagined having, a true friend. In the days that follow, a small oddly tempered doll called The Gruff will teach Alex how to say no, how to sharpen his claws and how to kill a man. 

And a triangle of deception will leave Alex wondering who the real victim is.

Based on real events and explores the philosophical theme of the effect of the domestication of children through mannerly learning and poses the premise that 'politeness is the discipline of abuse'.


REVIEWS


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Anonymous 5 Stars - a great read. very subtle horror. the style reminded me of Steven King''s "It". I didn't know who to cheer for and who hate in the end. A very poignant philosophical message too. I highly recommend.

Anonymous  5 Stars  -  Not for the faint of heart. If you like to read your worst fear come true if you have kids than read this. The characters are profectically obscure and intersting.

Anonymous  4 Stars  - Enjoyed it. Short but entertaining

Anonymous  3 Stars  - This was like reading 230 pages of someones very strange dream. Not at all what I thought it was about. Beware, and, be warned.


GOODREADS:

Jo Depreiteire   4 Stars  -  

Whoa, this is definately a tale of horror! 
Where to start reviewing this tale? The story starts off by giving us a view of the world through the eyes of the little boy Alex. I find this part endearing (albeit somewhat disturbing), being a parent myself. However, as the story progresses and Alex winds up in the dungeon, the events grow increasingly darker. This Gruff persona puts the reader constantly off-balance: is he nice, is he bad, is he a victim? The truth seems to twist and turn on every page, which makes this a bona fide page-turner. Highly recommended (for people who are not easily shocked)

Sarah Gardyne   3 Stars  - 

was a tale of horror which left me feeling unsettled, I did enjoy the voice of Alex at the start and that voice proved to be very powerful when he is kidnapped. it's a story which I think will stay with me a while as left me with far more questions than answers

Tobius   3 Stars  -

Pretty good book, about an evil little doll that gets a man to kidnap children and then do horrible things to them, and then gets the child to kill the man who kidnapped them, the ending was good...


SMASHWORDS:

Tanya Freeth   5 Stars  -

Unique, exiting, imaginative and unpredictable.I found the philosophical theme
quite an interesting concept to consider. An excellent and thought provoking story.


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