Review of Home by Matthew J. Costello

Besieged and attacked, a mother and her children must escape a post-apocalyptic nightmare world of cannibals and betrayal

Jack Murphy thought he’d found the perfect escape for his family from a world gone horribly mad. He thought wrong. Matthew Costello’s Homebegins mere minutes after the terrible sacrifice made by Jack to save his family at Paterville Camp. Barely escaping, Jack’s wife, Christie, and two children, Kate and Simon, must accept that their lives and their future have changed forever.

In this intimate and human survivalist horror story, the three of them will face even greater dangers, as well as yet-unknown horrors, to simply stay alive as together they search for a road “home” in this intense and original postapocalyptic thriller.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book, which is saying something since I’ve never been much of a horror fan. But this book was so much more than just a horror book -it was about a family pulling together to survive in a world gone wrong; A mother who loses her husband and has to learn how to cope, and how to be a single parent; a teenage daughter, coming of age in a time where the survival of humanity is uncertain; and a young boy who only wants to go home.

This book felt very real and that’s what made it so hard to put down. And what made it so -I wont say scary- more like unsettling to read.  Especially reading it in bed late at night, staying up until the wee hours of the morning just to read…that…last…page. Because I had to know what happened next. Matthew Costello’s style of writing is so natural, I felt like I was watching the story instead of reading it. It just flowed, and obviously kept me hooked. My only complaint would be that, without reading the preceding book in the series, I was a little confused about what was going on until I had read quite a bit into the book, so a little re-hashing of the  events at the beginning would have definitely made things clearer for me, and for anyone else who might read the series out of order. Still, it was a really good read, and I’ll be keeping an eye out for more Matthew Costello books in the future.

Rating: 5 stars


I have received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

3 thoughts on “Review of Home by Matthew J. Costello

    1. Johanna

      Thanks, Roger! At the moment I’m pretty far behind in my reading and owe a lot of authors reviews, but I will keep you in mind. I checked out your blog and the books sound really good! 😉


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