Review: The Cockroach King by Andrew Cull

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The Cockroach King by Andrew Cull

Released November 2020

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“We’d been in the house two weeks when Tommy pulled the first bones from the garden.”

When Cassie Baker buys the house on Cedar Street, it’s partly because it reminds her of the house she grew up in in the ‘80s. It reminds her of happier times, when her Mom was still alive, before the cancer had taken her. It seems like the perfect place to raise her baby boy, Sam.

That is, until a friend unearths the remains of a dog, buried in a shallow grave in the backyard.

After the bones come the cockroaches…

The Cockroach King is a new novella written by Andrew Cull, the award-winning author of Remains and Bones.

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A young mother and her toddler move into a new to them home and it should be a happy, exciting time but before long the gardener digs up some bones (ahhhh!) and then cockroaches start showing up to ick everyone out and things only get worse from there!

This story will make you feel all kinds of ways. The grieving mother and her desperation to do the right thing while fearing she's just dumped all of her mother's legacy into a nightmare? Ugh, so sad. The anger at some of these people for reasons I shall not expose made me want to throw them all into a pit of roaches for all of eternity. It's also really gross. If you, like me, watched that Creepshow cockroach episode as a kid and have been tormented by it ever since, this book is not going to make you feel better about those disgusting hell creatures. The ending, which I will NOT spoil, was perfection.

There are also two other short stories included here. Definitely worth a read if you want to get icked out!

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

About Author Andrew Cull

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  1. I do remember that ending from Creepshow and it freaked me out lol! This sounds awesome though... :)

  2. I need to read this! Even though I hate cockroaches😬

  3. Good review. I love Cull's writing. He's so good at personifying grief and creative creepy atmospheres!


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