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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Twelfth Boy by Milan Sergent is a psychological thriller. Savannah Grayson gave up hope of ever being loved until she meets Scotty. Giving birth to Noel on Christmas Eve, Savannah believes her life is complete – until Noel turns six. He loves elves and desperately wants to be a part of the Christmas musical but that’s when everything changes. Stalked by a Christian group, Savannah begins fearing for her and Noel after her husband turns his back on them. Noel disappears one night and his body is found, a scripture carved into his chest, in a manger. That’s when Savannah learns the real depths that some people will go to in protecting the wrong people. Her quest for justice sends Savannah on a journey filled with deceit and horror and the only people who will help her are a gay ex-policewoman and a trans child who is scared for his life. Can Savannah find the justice she seeks? And what horrors will she uncover in the process?
The Twelfth Boy by Milan Sergent is compelling reading. Every time I pick up one of his books I expect to be thrilled and this one did not disappoint. It is not a book for the faint-hearted as it contains scenes of child rape and murder, along with strong biblical stories of murder, rape, and sex. Right from the first page, this story hooks you, draws you into Savannah’s life, allowing you to live her life alongside her. It is all go, all the way through, as we follow Savannah, a very well-developed character, on her journey of terror. There are lots of twists and turns, and lots of suspense, leading to a horrifying ending. The story deals with the subjects of religious fanaticism and non-conforming characters beautifully in a thrilling horror story you will be, in turn, too terrified to read yet not be able to put it down. Another great story from a master storyteller who knows how to grab your attention and keep it from start to finish.