Review by Marva Dasef on Aug ,A woman reluctantly takes on the creepy son of her dead friend Why would Deborah not just turn the kid over to the state to deal with First, she has promised her friend to take care of him Second, she sees in the boy something of herself, a part of her that she has learned to control Nobody else can help this child, but will everyone around him come out unscathed I don t want to give any details because the answers will surprise you and make your skin crawl at the same timeContact the author at the website for a free review copy Since I wrote it, I like it. Holy crap What a story I couldn t decide whether to put this with horror or magical realism largely of the dark sort , so I used both Horses play a large role in this tale, along with cats, dogs, and crows Ruek s novel is a story of taking on a horrific obligation, a story of terror and a story of unanticipated and unrecognized love It s a story of a boy, a boy who makes the word hellion pale in the context of his actions It is also a story of a woman realizing a horrible betrayal by so Holy crap What a story I couldn t decide whether to put this with horror or magical realism largely of the dark sort , so I used both Horses play a large role in this tale, along with cats, dogs, and crows Ruek s novel is a story of taking on a horrific obligation, a story of terror and a story of unanticipated and unrecognized love It s a story of a boy, a boy who makes the word hellion pale in the context of his actions It is also a story of a woman realizing a horrible betrayal by someone she loved and trusted completely, then reaching deep inside herself and findingthan she could have expected, and she already expected a lot Although the ending wasthan satisfying, I found myself disappointed not to find an epilogue Then I noticed that this is labeled Book 1 of The Ward I live in hope This was a tough book to read It s good But it pulls no punches.The premise is gripping Deborah, a fierce, solitary woman, who finds it easier to relate to animals than humans, adopts a twelve year old boy, William From the start, she knows that the boy has severe problems He is a cruel, violent, manipulative child, a child with no empathy and no inhibitions She fears for her own safety, and for what she might do to William if he harms one of her animals.This book is an emotional rollercoa This was a tough book to read It s good But it pulls no punches.The premise is gripping Deborah, a fierce, solitary woman, who finds it easier to relate to animals than humans, adopts a twelve year old boy, William From the start, she knows that the boy has severe problems He is a cruel, violent, manipulative child, a child with no empathy and no inhibitions She fears for her own safety, and for what she might do to William if he harms one of her animals.This book is an emotional rollercoaster On the one hand, it s easy to admire Deborah, to empathise with her She s a driven woman, hard on herself and others She s a skilled horse woman, and has a boundless love for the animals in her charge She s also got an evil temper There are times when her anger at William, her attempts to curb his behaviour are difficult to stomach Deborah and WIlliam have a lot in common, and what they share is not pretty.To Inherit a Murderer has a strong streak of horror, and from the beginning it s clear that all is not as it seems William seems to have the ability to control objects without touching them, and at times his behaviour seemslike demonic possession than anything modern medicine or psychiatry could define.The characters are compelling though, and the setting beguiling A powerful book Billy is 12 when he enters Deborah s life, and he s already know to have serious issues Deborah, though, who never thought being named the boy s godmother would put her in a position to take custody at some point, could not predict just how bad those issues really were nor how bad they would become.In a chilling and somewhat dark novel, E.J Reuk explores all the implications of someone who by all appearances and mannerisms exhibits psychopathic or sociopathic tendencies, and is not about k Billy is 12 when he enters Deborah s life, and he s already know to have serious issues Deborah, though, who never thought being named the boy s godmother would put her in a position to take custody at some point, could not predict just how bad those issues really were nor how bad they would become.In a chilling and somewhat dark novel, E.J Reuk explores all the implications of someone who by all appearances and mannerisms exhibits psychopathic or sociopathic tendencies, and is not about killing There may be some hope for Billy under Deborah s tutelage There may not be And THAT S what keeps the story so tense for much of its narrative, and yes, so compelling.Few authors go this deeply into the exploration of how murderers are born or developed after birth Reuk does Expect surprises Expect darkness Expect a book that you ll want to put down, but find that you can t I wantfrom this author Now