The Beast Within

The Beast Within

by Joyce Ann Hogue


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Katrina Gowen seeks refuge from her unspeakable dirty deed at the peak of the desolate Appalachian Mountains. When baby number four (Richard) is born, his forecast is deadly. More despicable than "mommy dearest," Katrina derives her greatest pleasure from the systematic diminishment of his soul. His innocence is distorted and replaced by a grisly sort of love. Despite his striking outward appearance, he is an eerie mixture of both good and evil intertwined, who searches for what we all yearn for. Love and acceptance. His charms are subtle and toxic, and his power of persuasion almost godlike. Richard is a wolf in sheep's clothing and nobody in his path is safe. Don't miss this richly suspenseful thriller guaranteed to hold you spellbound to the very last page. If you love ''''King'''' and ''''Koontz'''', you're going to love ''''Hogue''''.
Note: The Beast Within is a powerful and provocative work recommended for mature audiences only.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420830538
Publisher: Author Solutions Inc
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Pages: 632
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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The Beast Within 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beyond mere description, words could not do it justice. The Author grabbed me and took me along with her on this awesome ride, I saw every thing she saw! I felt every thing she felt! It makes one wonder if some of these characters are not people Mrs. Hogue knows, they are so life like. I am not a writer, I don't know how writers make up things the way they do, but I am a reader and I loved it. I recommend it to all. I cannot (literally) wait for the next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hogue has convinced me that the Novel is not dead. I have for so many years read short stories and Novelettes simply because I was tired of the long sections in Novels that bored the heck out of me. So much fat and so little meat. I bought Hogues book, 'The Beast Within' for two reasons. The cover was visually stunning and as an artist, that mean's a lot to me. Secondly, I must admit, I saw a photo of Mrs. Hogue and could not turn down the lovely autumn haired angel. What can I say? The purchase, was not a mistake. The first chapter of, 'The Beast Within' had me ready for more. As I read this very distyrbing story, I found, I hadn't come to any of the fat that I spoke of before. It was as if Hogue had placed every word, if, ands, ors, whatever...however miniscule the word may have seemed , she seemingly put it exactly where she wanted it. If I may use a chess player as an example... Some play move by move. Hogue would be the chess player that not only played 5 moves ahead but, 5 moves ahead in five different personalities. She knows her characters. I have to admit, I find myself talking to friends about the characters and having to back off a bit due to the feeling that I have began to attach myself to them. I have never been deep in the hills of Kentucky but I feel I have now that I have read Hogue's clear discription of them. The chill in the air. The hairs in your nostrils freezing stiff as you go out to gather wood for the fire. And the Characters are equally well defined. Katrina...Kit Kat... Kat... Evil. Give her any name and she remains the same. From a ripe old age of 2 until her earth shattering passage into womanhood, Kat, has been the manipulator of Men and Kin. I will not give away the story, not even the 1st chapter that so mercifulessly held me in it's grip, but I will give you this advice as you sit down in a darken room, with a table lamp to light your copy of 'The Beast Within'... If you have any deep pyschological problems... maybe wait until morning and read it when the kids are up and the birds are singing out side your window. Hogue's masterpiece is just that, and is not to be dealt with as just another horror story. Hogue takes you deply into the hole of the Pyschological Thriller and it is up to her as to when you will be pulled up from that hell, if at all. Sleep well. m. alan johnson Artist/Musician/Author
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm about a third of the way through the book, and it just gets better and better. Joyce Hogue has a way of taking you inside her characters, and you want to kill Kat, and you just want to save Richard and make him forget her and his early years. The scarey thing is, there really are sadistic people like her out there, raising children. I hope her sequel comes out before I finish the first one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only bought the book for my wife, but after checking it out, she will have to wait to read it until I'm done reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received my book yesterday and I am already on Chapter 15, I could barely put it down to go to sleep. Katrina Gowen makes Joan Crawford's mother in mommy dearest look like June Cleaver! I know she had a traumatic childhood, but good God , what a sick twisted little girl she was. As for Vardy, I know she is beautiful, but I would have run from her as fast as I could!. I look forward to reading more of Hogue's work, Hard to believe it is her debut book.