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“They’re going to tell you we’re crazy…” …Emmett’s mother says as their little rusted car struggles to climb the mountainside. She’s taking him somewhere safe. In the forest ahead lies a house full of children like him—children whose parents have been diagnosed like her. Mentally ill. The Cradle—a government organization hellbent on eradicating the condition—believe “They’re going to tell you we’re crazy…” …Emmett’s mother says as their little rusted car struggles to climb the mountainside. She’s taking him somewhere safe. In the forest ahead lies a house full of children like him—children whose parents have been diagnosed like her. Mentally ill. The Cradle—a government organization hellbent on eradicating the condition—believe they have the ultimate solution. Like any other disease, they seek to quarantine it. Entire families ripped apart and placed in asylums. Total removal from the gene pool, they say. For the future of humanity… Now Emmett can’t decide what’s more frightening: this new home where he’ll supposedly be safe, hidden from The Cradle and its horrific reputation… …or the ideas in his mother’s head which led them there in the first place.


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“They’re going to tell you we’re crazy…” …Emmett’s mother says as their little rusted car struggles to climb the mountainside. She’s taking him somewhere safe. In the forest ahead lies a house full of children like him—children whose parents have been diagnosed like her. Mentally ill. The Cradle—a government organization hellbent on eradicating the condition—believe “They’re going to tell you we’re crazy…” …Emmett’s mother says as their little rusted car struggles to climb the mountainside. She’s taking him somewhere safe. In the forest ahead lies a house full of children like him—children whose parents have been diagnosed like her. Mentally ill. The Cradle—a government organization hellbent on eradicating the condition—believe they have the ultimate solution. Like any other disease, they seek to quarantine it. Entire families ripped apart and placed in asylums. Total removal from the gene pool, they say. For the future of humanity… Now Emmett can’t decide what’s more frightening: this new home where he’ll supposedly be safe, hidden from The Cradle and its horrific reputation… …or the ideas in his mother’s head which led them there in the first place.

30 review for Little Emmett: A Horror Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Pat Eroh

    This is a really scary, horrifying and compelling story that absolutely had me on the edge of my seat! I could not put this book down until the end. I love this author and his ability to write such amazingly horrifying stories. Poor Emmitt. I am hoping for more by this author as always. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book started off a little slow to me, and it was hard to figure out what the story was actually leading up to a good way through the book. That is why I gave it a 4, and because the book just didn’t grab me and keep my attention at first….The main character is a little boy whose mother gives him away to a home set up by an older woman (I won’t give spoilers and say why or what the home is about). There is a great deal of time spent at first on his day-to-day interactions with the other chil This book started off a little slow to me, and it was hard to figure out what the story was actually leading up to a good way through the book. That is why I gave it a 4, and because the book just didn’t grab me and keep my attention at first….The main character is a little boy whose mother gives him away to a home set up by an older woman (I won’t give spoilers and say why or what the home is about). There is a great deal of time spent at first on his day-to-day interactions with the other children there, their squabbles, and drama that starts to take place within the home. There is a lot of a psychological thriller feel to this story, with a little bit of horror mixing in eventually, so you know something is coming; you just don’t know what. I kept feeling like I was on the edge of the horror, but it just wasn’t coming for a good while. When it does, it is original, and it does grip you. The book is rather lengthy, and the reader just needs to be prepared it will take some time for a buildup.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Capps

    Halfway through this book I had to check reviews to see if it was even worth finishing. All reviews raved about the "Horror, So Scary & edge of their seat", that I decided to go ahead and continue. I should have read the Wikipedia synopsis instead. The first 1/2 is slow, the second 1/2 is more dystopian but still slow. The most horror happens in the last few pages, but is easily guessed after memories are revealed earlier. This book was more of a slog than anything. Halfway through this book I had to check reviews to see if it was even worth finishing. All reviews raved about the "Horror, So Scary & edge of their seat", that I decided to go ahead and continue. I should have read the Wikipedia synopsis instead. The first 1/2 is slow, the second 1/2 is more dystopian but still slow. The most horror happens in the last few pages, but is easily guessed after memories are revealed earlier. This book was more of a slog than anything.

  4. 5 out of 5

    NoNo JoJo

    I am voluntarily reviewing this novel after receiving a free copy. Actual rating: 3.5 stars? This was a hard one to rate. I enjoyed most of the time I spent with this book, but unfortunately looking at it as a whole, I can't rate it super highly. There's a lot this book does well. The build-up is there, for sure. I enjoyed our cast of characters. Emmett is precious, and I wanted all the best in the world for him. It was interesting how we're initially set up in this idyllic home hidden away from th I am voluntarily reviewing this novel after receiving a free copy. Actual rating: 3.5 stars? This was a hard one to rate. I enjoyed most of the time I spent with this book, but unfortunately looking at it as a whole, I can't rate it super highly. There's a lot this book does well. The build-up is there, for sure. I enjoyed our cast of characters. Emmett is precious, and I wanted all the best in the world for him. It was interesting how we're initially set up in this idyllic home hidden away from the world, but slowly watch it unravel, until we're wondering if the maligned Cradle might actually been a better place for these kids to be. And then we /get/ there, and, well.... Unfortunately, I finished the book kinda scratching my head. There's just really not much that...matters? It's hard to explain. The whole book feels like build-up, with some "OMG" spikes in between, but the spikes aren't really related to the trajectory of the narrative, if that makes sense. Like the first super horrible thing that happens (related to a man hanging around the area) is, well, super horrible, but it doesn't feel all that connected to the plot, or deserved in terms of foreshadowing/development. It's just something huge and horrible and scary that happens and forces the narrative to take a turn. The ending is very similar. Ultimately, everything Emmett has done and experienced doesn't really matter. At the end of it all, he just follows a floaty light/voice, does what it asks, and stuff happens. He doesn't really have any agency of his own, and again, the conclusion is completely unrelated to anything that happened previously. He could have stayed at the house for the whole story, and the ending would have been the same. He could have been literally anywhere doing anything, and as long as he somehow made his way back to that endpoint, everything would have been identical. It just felt like a waste of potential. The Cradle isn't really explained or dealt with. All the creepy stuff at the house ends up swept away by the first shocking swerve mentioned earlier. Those moments are still very flashy and very good (I loved them, tbh, they were the highlights of the book), but they leave the novel feeling completely disjointed. Overall, definitely a downgrade from the first book of his I read, Ruby Holloway Reads After Dark (still highly recommend). If you're into slowburn horror or just want to chug along for those few moments of horrific brilliance, this might be for you, but if that's not your thing, give it a pass.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Billie

    “They’re going to tell you we’re crazy…” …Emmett’s mother says as their little rusted car struggles to climb the mountainside. She’s taking him somewhere safe. In the forest ahead lies a house full of children like him—children whose parents have been diagnosed like her. Mentally ill. The Cradle—a government organization hellbent on eradicating the condition—believe they have the ultimate solution. Like any other disease, they seek to quarantine it. Entire families ripped apart and placed in asylu “They’re going to tell you we’re crazy…” …Emmett’s mother says as their little rusted car struggles to climb the mountainside. She’s taking him somewhere safe. In the forest ahead lies a house full of children like him—children whose parents have been diagnosed like her. Mentally ill. The Cradle—a government organization hellbent on eradicating the condition—believe they have the ultimate solution. Like any other disease, they seek to quarantine it. Entire families ripped apart and placed in asylums. Total removal from the gene pool, they say. For the future of humanity… Now Emmett can’t decide what’s more frightening: this new home where he’ll supposedly be safe, hidden from The Cradle and its horrific reputation… …or the ideas in his mother’s head which led them there in the first place. This is a greatl thriller of a read. Bit of a rollercoaster as it starts slow but when it gets going you better hold on. I was gripped and read this in one sitting. Great plot and story line that will keep you engaged and wondering what next. Well written characters that have you really wondering about them Recommend reading. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    One

    This is not what i thought it would be about. And half way through it is Definitely still not what your thinking it would be. The shock & aw moment is the last 10% of the book. It does give you hints here and there but i did not expect things to happen like they did and the ending is so hard to really explain. The whole story is hard to explain, like i wondered if the reason the kids were hidden was based off of some real world fact. Then the music starts and I had no idea what was even happenin This is not what i thought it would be about. And half way through it is Definitely still not what your thinking it would be. The shock & aw moment is the last 10% of the book. It does give you hints here and there but i did not expect things to happen like they did and the ending is so hard to really explain. The whole story is hard to explain, like i wondered if the reason the kids were hidden was based off of some real world fact. Then the music starts and I had no idea what was even happening. Like 85% of the book your waiting for something to happen. And when it does its not what you saw coming.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    Couldn't put it down Emmit is only 7 years old, but he's so much smarter. He's full of kindness, caring, and love. His mother told him that he is going to change the world and make it a better place. Then his mother takes him to a house where she is forced to leave him in order to protect him. She keeps telling him that they are both different and if he's with her when she goes away the people will hurt him. For a while at the new home everything is fine. He's managed to make some friends and they Couldn't put it down Emmit is only 7 years old, but he's so much smarter. He's full of kindness, caring, and love. His mother told him that he is going to change the world and make it a better place. Then his mother takes him to a house where she is forced to leave him in order to protect him. She keeps telling him that they are both different and if he's with her when she goes away the people will hurt him. For a while at the new home everything is fine. He's managed to make some friends and they do everything together. Kids being kids. Then the unimaginable horrors begin! Get ready for a wild ride into the authors mind!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    The horror in this novel combining Horror, Cosmic Horror, Fantasy, and Dystopiana I found particularly stomach-churning, as not only is it gruesome but much of it is inflicted upon children: Mentally, emotionally, psychologically, via "therapy" and medication, and physical trauma. At the same time, although I was intermittently struck by particularly imaginative imagery, I didn't find the plot sufficiently strong to bear up under the weight of the near-constant Horror and the characters' unendin The horror in this novel combining Horror, Cosmic Horror, Fantasy, and Dystopiana I found particularly stomach-churning, as not only is it gruesome but much of it is inflicted upon children: Mentally, emotionally, psychologically, via "therapy" and medication, and physical trauma. At the same time, although I was intermittently struck by particularly imaginative imagery, I didn't find the plot sufficiently strong to bear up under the weight of the near-constant Horror and the characters' unending hopelessness.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kay Oliver

    Uniquely Twisted This is my first book by this author. The cover grabbed my initial attention and the suspenseful and mysterious prologue snagged me. With so many questions--what is with his mom, where is he, who is he, how is he going to handle all this--I dove right in to the story and barely came up for air as I turned page after page unable to get enough. Well-written, well-crafted.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lolapaige

    Not something I would normally enjoy but I read this on a whim and came out pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the fact that the story kept me engaged and interested without going too far over the top. The characters were well developed and even though I guessed at Emmett's origins I was still excited to see where the story went. Not something I would normally enjoy but I read this on a whim and came out pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the fact that the story kept me engaged and interested without going too far over the top. The characters were well developed and even though I guessed at Emmett's origins I was still excited to see where the story went.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I suggest getting comfy before you start this book. It does start off a tad bit on the slow side, but it does pick up and you shall be glad you stuck with it when it does. The further I got into the story the faster I wanted to read. It’s an intriguing plot and it’s very well written. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pat Smith

    Entertaining, enjoyable read I really enjoyed reading this. I loved Emmett's character and the flow of the story. It isn't a mystery or thriller, but has something that keeps you wanting to know what comes next. Looking forward to reading his next book. Entertaining, enjoyable read I really enjoyed reading this. I loved Emmett's character and the flow of the story. It isn't a mystery or thriller, but has something that keeps you wanting to know what comes next. Looking forward to reading his next book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lola Brown

    Intriguing, Heartbreaking, and downright CRAZY. As always, another excellent slow-burning page turner from Mr. Moss. Darkness looms on every page and mystery calls from the depths of its unread chapters. If you're not reading Abe Moss... you should be. Intriguing, Heartbreaking, and downright CRAZY. As always, another excellent slow-burning page turner from Mr. Moss. Darkness looms on every page and mystery calls from the depths of its unread chapters. If you're not reading Abe Moss... you should be.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather Bane

    I found this story interesting and well written. The characters for the book are also well written. Abe Moss is a good author and I would recommend reading. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Wonderful Story I went along for the ride, having no clue where I was going, but enjoying the trip. The ending was joyful and unexpected. I loved and hated the characters. The locations were so realistic I felt as if I were there. Another great book by Abe Moss.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Lee Spizzirri

    WOW! This one kept me guessing to the end. Abe Moss is an excellent story teller. I look forward to everything you write in the future.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane DiGiovanni

    Excellent Very good story. It is well written. The characters are awesome. It deals with a very interesting concept. The ending is quite surprising.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Gentges

    Psychologically thrilling A fantastic read. It takes you on an adventure you could never guess. Great characters that you fall in love with. Definitely recommend it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Teena Renken

    Great story! I was immediately drawn into the storyline. Worrying for little Emmet. Very creepy story At limes poetic, I know I plan to read everything written by Abe Moss!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Berardi

    Crazytown! Read this book. Right now. You won’t be able to put it down. It goes in a direction you’ll never guess!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. When I first started this book and read the mother was taking Emmett to a place in the mountains for children I was expecting the worst. But I was wrong. And THEN out of nowhere everything went wrong. I felt so empty and unsure of what was going to happen to Emmett and his friends. I can't even imagine how they all feel with seeing the caregiver dead and then as they were told to walk away from the place hearing the gunshots that killed their friend who was just a young girl. I am a bit sceptica When I first started this book and read the mother was taking Emmett to a place in the mountains for children I was expecting the worst. But I was wrong. And THEN out of nowhere everything went wrong. I felt so empty and unsure of what was going to happen to Emmett and his friends. I can't even imagine how they all feel with seeing the caregiver dead and then as they were told to walk away from the place hearing the gunshots that killed their friend who was just a young girl. I am a bit sceptical with the place he is in right now. Ok so as for the place he is in, yes they were out to find out what it was that made Elliott so different, but with the help of his mother's magic they never got a chance to. Emmitt and his friend Clarke got to escape and they ended back to the foster house where Emmitt met his father. His father at first I was expecting to be some kind of devil with the way they brought him back, but he did not seem that way. This is one book that really drew me in. It had many twists and turns I did not expect. Would like to see a second part to this. Would like to see where it takes everyone and how it helps the world. Very intrigued with this author. Can't wait to find another one of his stories.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Smith

  23. 4 out of 5

    Crystal King

  24. 5 out of 5

    heather p. wales

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tony Colich

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Bush

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia O'Rourke

  28. 5 out of 5

    Clive Hayman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dg Weaver

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy Macris

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