When a gruesome murder spree leads to the door of a teenage loser, she is forced to face the reality that something demonic is growing inside her.
Fallow Heart is the story of Lorelai Blake, a self-conscious, overweight seventeen-year-old who discovers that a demon has pierced her heart, sparking an incredible transformation. Sleepwalking, fits of rage and impossible strength force Lori to accept that part of her is no longer human. It was hard enough fitting in before, and now that hurtful voice in her head has taken an even more sinister tone. Worse than this, bodies are being discovered. People in Chester are dying and they have only one connection: a nocturnal killer who savages its prey.
Lori seeks help from the D.C., an organisation formed to treat infected children, but even they can’t protect her from the Harvest. When her powers reach their peak, the beast that infected her will return to consume those powers, killing her in the process. She learns the awful truth from a rebellious new friend, Kasabian, who seems to have found a way to avoid this grisly fate. With a detective on her back and a demon in her heart, Lori must master her darkness and follow the murder trail before it reaches the people she loves, and all before the terrifying Harvest sets in. Along the way, her outward insecurities pale in comparison to much bigger problems.
When you’re becoming more demonic by the day, it’s what on the inside that counts.
"I'm a fat, friendless virgin, and now I'm going to be eaten alive" (Finn, 1).
Fallow Heart is an up and coming YA horror following Lori as she discovers what it's like to live in a world where demons are real and the struggles of becoming one.
As YA-feel-good-movie I just made that sound, the book is actually pretty scary and earns its place in the horror category for me.
The book starts off right away with Lori in an alleyway getting attacked, revealing my favourite line of the whole book (see above). It shoots you right into the story wanting to know what happens next.
Finn did a great job with the storyline. The way she intertwined multiple timelines happening in the background into the main story is what made this novel feel like I picked it up off the shelves in a high end book store. The plot develops in a way where it creates anticipation, making the book hard to put down.
Lori was a fantastic main character as she was very relatable and easy to identify with in terms of personal experience (not the demon thing). She wasn't overbearing with her emotions, but she was still able to express them clearly through her point of view.
I think one of the themes around this novel is mental and physical health. The main character is described as overweight, and she clearly has issues with it, which are brought up through her own thoughts and comments from other people. The message that is portrayed though those things is that there are bigger things in life than worrying about what people think, and also that our mental health is important and no matter who we are, we need to take care of that aspect of ourselves, which is an excellent message to bring forward.
The novel was also really well written. Clear, concise, and well structured, it really felt like I was immersed in the story completely.
Fallow Heart is a great novel with a great message, an entertaining plot, and a handful of spooks. It is set up for a sequel so I look forward to that coming out and to see what else Finn has in store in the future, as well as all of her past novels. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
K.C. Finn has been writing since 2011, at a time when extreme illness saw her trapped in the house with nothing but her imagination. Since then she’s amassed a collection of stories, poems and novels spanning many genres, including fantasy, science fiction, gothic fiction, horror, paranormal and historical works. Her unique and diverse voice has won many awards, and she is both an Amazon and USA Today best-selling writer.
In her free time, K.C. is an eternal student, forever studying and learning more about the world. She travels whenever possible to explore new cultures and climates, and when she’s at home she enjoys coaching writers of all ages with a story to tell. She also exercises her flair for the dramatic by directing, writing and occasionally acting in darkly humorous theatre productions in her hometown of Chester.