"Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down...I'd grab it if I were you." --Stephen King
A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes's new genre-bending novel of suspense.
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?
If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you're Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you'll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe--and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.
If Lauren Beukes's internationally bestselling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.
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Broken Monsters is both a police procedural and a horror. The body of a boy is found in... an unnatural state, one may say. We watch as a police officer tries to solve the crime; as her teenage daughter makes mistakes that ripple outside of her small world; as a homeless man takes care of those around him, including his closest friend; as a strange artist finds sudden inspiration; as a failed writer turns to Detroit for salvation. These characters' stories are interwoven, but not 'seamlessly' -- that is to say, the novel jumps between perspectives and times. While it does not suit some, I found this to be the perfect way of telling the story, as some Frankenstein-esque being of different limbs that come together to form a fully functioning body.
One of the things that I loved most about this book is all the extraneous detail. There are subplots that don't mean too much to the main storyline, but that doesn't matter, because they really show how messy life is. I also really...
PROS: I love how seamlessly Lauren Beukes melds the traditional cop thriller with the supernatural and a little bit of horror. She had me engaged from the very beginning, until the very end. Every character feels like they have their own voice and the dialect seems natural. The story revolves around a female detective trying to solve a bizarre murder case, the disturbed individual behind the killings, an unlikeable journalist trying to capture the story, a drifter caught in the middle of things, and the detective's teenage daughter. Monsters is an incredibly hard story but Beukes delivers it well. CONS: Towards the end things there seemed to be some loose ends...there is a bit about an exchange for crime scene pictures for ten grand. The pictures are apparently exchanged, but I never heard resolution on the money? An incident happens between the detective's daughter and a boy from school-there's a tense exchange between the parents and then it's never mentioned again except to...
Wow. This was such a crazy, interesting take on the serial killer thriller. It’s a multi-narrative book, so it took some time to get acquainted with each character and his or her storyline, but once I got going, I didn’t want to put it down.
Broken Monsters is about a killer in Detroit who turns his victims into grotesque works of art. But there’s something mysterious fueling his vision, as he’s possessed by an eerie force that has inhabited his body – a force that’s driving him to create a masterpiece that thrives off of being seen and threatens to invade our collective conscious.
If that sounds weird, it’s because it is. But Beukes manages to keep the story grounded enough in reality that it never feels silly. Her characters are believable, interesting and each relevant in ways that gradually become apparent.
Ultimately, Beukes has created a fresh thriller for the social media generation: a desensitized,...
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