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The Brute Review

This would be perfect for anyone who enjoys short story horrors!


Rating: 4/5

It's not for nothing they call her "The Brute." The Most Rose killed a half dozen construction workers before she ever put to sea, and after that -- well, year after year, voyage after voyage, she continued to demand payment in blood, grief or madness from all who risked her decks. Many say this old cargo ship is cursed, but the truth is far more terrifying than any curse could ever be.

I received a free copy of The Brute through Blackthorn Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity!


This was definitely a unique read! I’ve not read a story quite like this before. We follow the story of a World War I cargo ship that enjoys killing and we see all this from the perspective of the ship. The only thing close, I could think of being similar is Jeremy Ray’s The Houseplant, which follows the perspective of a fern, you can see my review of this short story here. But that was a living thing. The Brute is a ship. How is that supposed to work?


But it did! It was a quick entertaining read! And it got dark at times, too. It was as if we entered the mind of a serial killer. Which in a way we do, but that killer is a cargo ship. This ship enjoyed seeing the blood spilled of basically anyone near or on it. It was very interesting to follow the perspective of the ship as though they were a conscious person. We got to see it built into creation and then put out to sea to work, all while killing people along the way.


I don’t want to say too much more otherwise that would spoil everything. But I found this to be such an entertaining read! It was such a fast-paced read and is only roughly 20 pages. This would be perfect for anyone who enjoys short story horrors!