My Hungry Friend (Release Date: 2018)
When Mike Roberts kicks over a homeless woman’s cup of change, she whispers a cryptic warning:
“Mind the cracks . . .”
Now the Boston he knows and loves is unraveling around him. But his life is not the only thing at stake. His mother, a once acclaimed writer lost in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, depends on him to have a home. And then there’s her caretaker, Cassie, who might want something more from Mike than the friendship they’ve long shared.
As his city balances on a razor’s edge, Mike will have to hunt down the daughter of the woman he wronged and uncover their terrible family secret . . . or be plunged into a world of crawling horrors and unspeakable hunger.
A world from which no one has ever returned.
You ever have one of those days, when you’re in a bad mood, and you say or do something to someone you would normally never do? Of course you have! We all have. But Mike is having more than a few bad days, and he lashes out a poor homeless woman! He feels so bad about it however, he seeks her out to apologize but unfortunately for Mike, it’s far too late for that.
This is the story of a man who is burned out by grief and exhaustion due to caring for his mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. And because of this one impulsive mistake, his life is turned into a horrifying nightmare, one he can’t wake up from.
This book is one I would classify as literary horror. Yes, there is a strong ick factor but the writing is brilliant, full of stong imagery, metaphors, and it evokes strong feeling in the reader.
The parallel between Mike’s descent into “Hell” and his own mother’s deteriorating health, is beautifully done, and I can’t think of a single book that I have read that describes this vicious disease in such a way, that the reader will truly understand the nature of Alzheimer’s.
Short but powerful, My Hungry Friend hooks you immediately, and will stay with you long after you’ve read the last line.