Review: (1.50 / 5) Breeding Ground is a 2006 horror— I use that term lightly—novel written by Sarah Pinborough. I’m somewhat challenged in this review because I was forced to use Audible.com for the book. I went to purchase the it ten days before my trip to the UK, and nobody had it in Phoenix or Tucson. I tried Barnes and Noble as well as Amazon, nothing! Seeing she was a British writer, I thought I’d hop into a bookstore when I landed in London. I stepped into a rather large store and asked the clerk for a copy. He was familiar with the author, and when he looked it up, he said, “Well, it looks like it was released in the states only. We didn’t pursue the option to have it printed in the UK.” That was that start of how things went downhill with my impression of the novel.
I listened to the book on the long bus and train rides across the countrysides of England and Ireland. I struggled with grasping on, so the first go around I made it to Chapter 10, then started it over. For me, the book didn’t work. For starters, having a woman narrator when you have a male protagonist doesn’t work well. When Matt would talk about his partner/wife, I kept thinking I was listening to an LBGT book. It may not seem like a big deal, but to hear a woman playing the role of a man is distracting. I also don’t think that she writes from a male perspective very well. I’ve read others call Matt misogynistic, but I wonder how that can be possible when he’s written by a woman. Personally I should be offended in the poor way she portrayed a man.
Then we have women becoming impregnated with spiders. That was a stretch. I didn’t understand why the lived with the damn things upstairs. We’re exterminators not available? Or did I miss the part explaining why that wasn’t an option. Normally I like to highlight important parts I want to reference, but this time I couldn’t. Sure I could have taken notes, but that would have taken away my concentration of listening. Because I don’t have much else to say for it, I’ll end it here. I just want to add for Scott that I swear I did listen to the book in it’s entirety.