Leech by Robb Neumann (Review by Katie – #NerdGirlKtLBLy)


Title: Leech 

Author: Robb Neumann

Published Date: September 11th 2015

Genre: Literary Fiction, Horror, Some light romance elements


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Plagued by insomnia, the narrator walks the city looking for something, for someone to bring him peace. Then he finds Lillian, the puzzling, seductive stranger — or does she find him? They are instantly drawn to each other in intimate and unexpected ways: each of them finding what they need, at least for awhile. But before they get too comfortable, Lillian alters their unspoken rules: first with an offer, then with a threat.

What starts as a quiet, intimate testing of boundaries, becomes a sprawling journey from a snowbound city, across the Atlantic Ocean, to sun-bleached routes through Greece. All the while retaining the intimacy of a one-room apartment. Our narrator changes his life in unimaginable ways but still needs more. He needs answers, he needs intimacy, he needs to feel human, but Lillian is an unhelpful teacher, keeping both her past and their future closely guarded secrets.

Leech is an unsettling, poetic, relationship tale riding a thin line of the supernatural.

How much can you give and how much can you take before it’s too much?

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***Katie – #NerdGirlKtLBLy’s  Review***
If you’re the kind of person who needs everything spelled out, then this is not the story for you. This story is complex, weird, claustrophobic at times, and mysterious. The narrator of the story is a lonely man who just wants a companion. He finds it through the mysterious Lillian, when they meet at a store one day. She goes to him when she needs to but nothing arousing or sexual happens between them. Lillian is not a nice person, she’s manipulative, dangerous, mean, and scary at times but she’s very subtle about it. She’s not entirely human either, she’s like a vampire, but not quite. She doesn’t drink blood, but does need a certain liquid from the human body. He’s the only person she has gone back to more than she should because if her kind takes too much from the person they are feeding from then a lot of harm can be caused. He loves her and wants to know about her, what she is, how many more of her kind there are, and how long she’s been this way. She explains very little and promises more but when she asks him to join her in her lifestyle and he doesn’t automatically say yes then her promises turn more threatening.
It’s a very addicting story and you have all these questions about what is going on and some may be answered and some may not be. It’s very open to interpretation because a lot of stories will explain what characters look like, their age, give them subtle hints into their personality but you don’t get that with this. The man can be as old as you want him to be, he can look however you want him to look and you never even know his name which I never even realized when I was reading it. It’s a very unique horror story.


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