Mini Review of One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel and The Many by Nathan Field

Recently, I finished reading One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel and The Many by Nathan Field. Honestly these two books were haunting me. Take note that these books could trigger you in some ways, so I will put trigger warning just to let you know.

Let’s get right into it.

One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel



Published on March 14, 2017 by Scribner

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★



A “gripping and heartfelt” (The New York Times Book Review) story about two young brothers contending with the love they have for their abusive father, One of the Boys is a stunning, compact debut by a major new talent.

The three of them—a twelve-year-old boy, his older brother, their father—have won the war: the father’s term for his bitter divorce and custody battle. They leave their Kansas home and drive through the night to Albuquerque, eager to begin again, united by the thrilling possibility of carving out a new life together. The boys go to school, join basketball teams, make friends. Meanwhile their father works from home, smoking cheap cigars to hide another smell. But soon the little missteps—the dead-eyed absentmindedness, the late night noises, the comings and goings of increasingly odd characters—become worrisome, and the boys find themselves watching their father change, grow erratic, then dangerous.

Set in the sublimely stark landscape of suburban New Mexico and a cramped apartment shut tight to the world, One of the Boys conveys with propulsive prose and extraordinary compassion a young boy’s struggle to hold onto the pieces of his shattered family. Tender, moving and beautiful, Daniel Magariel’s masterful debut is a story of resilience and survival: two foxhole-weary brothers banding together to protect each other from the father they once trusted, but no longer recognize. With the emotional core of A Little Life and the speed of We the Animals, One of the Boys is among the most remarkable debut novels you’ll ever read.


(Source: I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing the copy. This will not influence my reviews.)

Trigger warning: this book contains an abusive father and the use of drugs.

One of the Boys is a moving story because of how bad the experiences of the two brothers. Their father is a drug addict, abusive, and manipulative. When the parents of the two brothers filed divorce, they ended up to live with him.

The writing of the story is dull but I can still feel the emotions on the book like sadness, compassion, and empathy. This book will make you sad, angry and traumatizing.

Since the theme is deep and talks about effects on the use of drugs in the family, expect that there’s no character development. It’s just stay there, it’s revolves how scary it was.

Read this if….

You’re curious to know how the effects of drugs in the household.

Places it was set…

Kansas and Albuquerque

The Many by Nathan Field



Published on July 12, 2016 by Silvermac Publishing

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Adult Fiction

Rating: ★



“A thoroughly unnerving experience…The final line of dialogue will surely give readers jitters.” – Kirkus Reviews

Karl notices something odd about his sister the morning after a blind date. A coldness in her manner; nothing anyone else would notice. Suspicious, he confronts her about the date but she turns nasty, accusing him of taking a perverse interest in her sex life.

When he next sees her, months later, she seems back to normal, until a harmless comment provokes a sudden, violent response. As her mental state fluctuates, Karl seeks out the man she dated just before her personality began to change, convinced she is suppressing a painful memory from that night. But what he discovers is something far more sinister, and pervasive, than he’d ever imagined.

Strictly for adult readers, THE MANY is the first book of a series that explores the dark side of the world we live in, and sheds light on a shadowy evil that is both disturbing and eerily familiar.

Look out for Nathan Field’s new novel, THE MANY: ENCORE, coming soon.


(Source: I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing the copy. This will not influence my reviews.)

Trigger warning: this book contains a disturbing scene.

I DNF this book because I can’t take it anymore. I love psychological thriller and read Stephen King’s books but this is so scary.

The story was divided into 3 stories. One is about Karl and Stacey – they’re brothers and sisters. When Stacey had a date (who she met online) – things started to act bizarre. Second is about Isobel and Dawn. Just like Stacey’s story, Isobel acted strange after the date and the result she got killed.

On the third story is about how Dawn and Karl met with the help of the Detective together they find answers the real truth behind this.

Honestly, I don’t have enough words how to describe this book aside from the fact that this is frightening.

Read this if…..

You prefer love horror stories.

Place it was set….



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