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Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken Monsters

Book Info

Title: Broken Monsters
Author: Lauren Beukes
Published: September 16, 2014
Pages: 442
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Author’s Website: link
Rating: ★★★


Detective Gabriella Versado knows this is going to be no ordinary case when the first body is found. Someone took half of a young boy and half of a deer and fused them together. And things only seem to get stranger from there. But Gabriella isn’t hunting down this bizarre killer in a vacuum. There’s a journalist, Jonno, hot on the story, hungry for redemption and hoping to break this story. And somewhere along the way, the killer may be getting help from other people, whether they understand what’s happening or not. On top of this, Gabriella still needs to keep an eye on her daughter, Layla, who may just be wandering into some dangerous territory of her own. As they all everything comes together and the truth is revealed, everyone is about to learn that sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction.

This case plays out to be truly bizarre. The story is constructed in a masterful way, with all of the layers that come in as readers spend a little time with each character. There’s definitely a steady build to the climax, and it’s one of those books that keeps you on the edge of your seat, not entirely sure what might happen next. Although this is dubbed a horror by many, I would point out that it’s not really gruesome or anything like that. Although there are some mutilated corpses (though not described in graphic detail), it felt more like a paranormal thriller to me. And I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys that type of story.