Title: Dreams of Sharp Teeth
Author: Brandon Ford
Narrator: Charles Mallett
An extravagant sum of money. A brand new car. An extended stay in a luxurious farmhouse. All this to aid a mysterious stranger in a years-old quest to realize a life-long dream.
Teenage runaway Josh Keegan first discovers the ad pinned to a bulletin board in a neighborhood coffee house. He then finds it listed in the classifieds section of a weekly newspaper. It almost seems as though the ad, as well as the mysterious stranger who placed it, are following him through the icy city streets.
What Josh doesn’t realize is that phoning a response to this bizarre request will forever change his life and his mental state. When he is taken to the remote farmhouse, Josh doesn’t know how far he’ll have to go or how far he’s willing to go to earn his prize.
Most frighteningly of all, he has no idea how much he is going to enjoy it. What begins as a test of emotional strength quickly becomes an oft-sought privilege, finally culminates into an overpowering addiction – an addiction Josh will do anything to satisfy.
From the author of Plaything comes a dark and twisted experiment in the macabre – one that pushes boundaries and leaves the listener haunted by a barrage of deeply unsettling images.
Dreams of Sharp Teeth is a fairy tale darker and more grim than anything Brandon Ford has previously written. It is a startling and powerful novel you won’t soon forget.
Woo. Another crazy psychological horror read from the author of Open Wounds and Plaything.
In Dreams of Sharp Teeth, we’re introduced to Josh. With a terminally sick father, his life’s been anything but ideal. His parents don’t pay him much attention, and that free time allows him to spend his time with other people. Older men who only want one thing. As a result, he’s contracted his own illness. Worried to dump the additional stress on his already strained family, he decides to run away, and that is when he meets Clem, a horror author with a truly disturbing dream for the future.
My favorite part of Brandon’s Ford’s books have to be that I never see the ending coming. There are so many unusual twists and turns in the plots that I am sucked in and held in. To me, his works are reminiscent of Stephen King. The characters are always elaborately drafted and so are their histories and hopes for the future.
The plot and worldbuilding are fresh and realistic. So are the dark paths that the characters often go down. When I picked up this book, I didn’t expect any of what would come at the ending, but it was for that reason that I became addicted to this book. Such a rollercoaster of “Oh, my God” moments.
Narration was perfect.
Another five-star read from Brandon Ford.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.