Breed by Chase Novak
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Novak...struggles to depict Adam and Alice vividly; they come across as automatons or placeholders, rather than real children who are discovering that they aren't like any other humans they know.
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Critically celebrated novelist Scott Spencer delivers a Rosemary's Baby-like novel of gothic horror, set against the backdrop of modern-day Upper East Side Manhattan.
Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don't have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.

Ten years later, cosseted and adored but living in a house of secrets, the twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked into their rooms every night, with sounds coming from their parents' bedroom getting progressively louder, more violent, and more disturbing.

Driven to a desperate search for answers, Adam and Alice set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the man and woman who raised them. Their discovery will upend everything they thought they knew about their parents and will reveal a threat so horrible that it must be escaped, at any cost.
 

About Chase Novak

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Chase Novak is the pseudonym for Scott Spencer, who Publishers Weekly has called "the contemporary American master of the love story." Spencer is the author of ten novels, including Endless Love, which has sold over two million copies to date, and the National Book Award finalist A Ship Made of Paper. He has written for Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, and Harper's. This is Spencer's first horror novel.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Mulholland Books. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Aug 29 2012

...“Breed” has originality on its side; the ending is a true shocker. The book sets out to convey what it is like to be “subject to the whip and rattle of unspeakable temptations.” And it does.

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Below average
Reviewed by Annalee Newitz on Sep 12 2012

Novak...struggles to depict Adam and Alice vividly; they come across as automatons or placeholders, rather than real children who are discovering that they aren't like any other humans they know.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by A. J. Kirby on Aug 06 2012

Breed is an intelligent, dark thriller dense with paranoia, reflecting creative anxiety, a genetically modified rollercoaster.

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