Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie – Review

A perfect read for October.


Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as readers are introduced to Herod’s Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe.

Soon, they return from the grave… and ask for something unimaginable. Without that, they remain listless, vacant eyes staring at their parents. As soon as the children receive it, they become themselves again… But only for a short while.

As that commodity becomes scarce, the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?

Summary paraphrased from Goodreads.

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie - Review
Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.


Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie is a delicious blend of science fiction and dystopia resulting in a terrifying novel.

DiLouie builds on a fantastic premise to craft an unsettling story and a book of pure madness. The madness begins one little step at a time until the entire humanity hurtles down the path to the final calamity: the creation of monsters.

Don’t Judge a book by its cover. If the cover is creepy, wait till you read the book. The book is creepier, wicked, and dark.

It is also chaotic and moves at a frenetic pace. Everything happens so fast; it is difficult to wrap your head around it. One moment, we are being introduced to all the characters (absolutely no information dump) and their backstories. The next moment, shit hits the ceiling. But that is the absurdity of the event. The book is strange but so relatable.

His large eyes shined like carved glass. He looked like a poorly stuffed child. An insane taxidermist’s gift to a grieving mother.”

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie

The horror in the novel stems from the actions of the parents, rather than the resurrection of the dead children. Further, the vivid descriptions of the children’s and the parents’ antics enhance the chill factor of this book.

Despite being so dark, it is an oddly satisfying read due to the rich worldbuilding and the sense of foreboding that loomed throughout the novel. Moreover, it is thought-provoking. It made me ponder – how far is someone willing to satiate her child?

I do have a minor quibble with the book – there is no explanation offered about how the Herod’s syndrome came into being. But that does not detract from the reading experience at all.

Craig DiLouie’s Suffer the Children is recommended for lovers of apocalyptic fiction and horror.

Trigger warning – lots of gory scenes, loss of a child.

Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie - book cover
Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie


Genre: Horror/paranormal, Science Fiction/dystopia/apocalypse || Pages: 343 || Published on May 20th 2014 by Gallery/Permuted Press

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Craig DiLouie

Craig DiLouie is an author of popular thriller, apocalyptic/horror, and sci-fi/fantasy fiction.

In hundreds of reviews, Craig’s novels have been praised for their strong characters, action, and gritty realism. Each book promises an exciting experience with people you’ll care about in a world that feels real.

These works have been nominated for major literary awards such as the Bram Stoker Award and Audie Award, translated into multiple languages, and optioned for film. He is a member of the HWA, International Thriller Writers, and IFWA.

Author Links: Website

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15 thoughts on “Suffer the Children by Craig DiLouie – Review”

  1. Oh boy, this sounds so horrifying. It’s also slightly reminding me of pet semetary by Stephen King (which I absolutely love) I might just well pick this book up and it’s the best time to read something gory like this. Great review as always Debjani ❤️

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    1. Many people have compared this book to Pet Semetary. I haven’t read Pet Semetary so can’t comment, but Suffer the Children was dark and creepy. It was well worth the read. Thanks for reading, Anushka. 🙂


  2. I’ve always wanted to try the author, and I know I’ve seen this book around, but for some reason I never realized he was the one who wrote it! It might be too much for me though, given the warnings in your review, and I can’t look at the cover without giving a shiver. But thank you for helping me make the connection!

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    1. Oh, yes, Mogsy, do heed the trigger warnings. I’m glad I could help you make the connection. I wanted to ask if you’re reading Children of Red Peak by the same author. I wanted to know opinions of some trusted book bloggers before I requested the book.
      Thanks for reading, btw. 🙂


  3. This might be the only DiLouie I haven’t read, and thank you for reminding me about it! All his stories are very dark and sometimes hard to read, which is why I love them😁

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