Hey, I started and finished a book, the first I’ve read all the way through since my father’s passing on October 29th. And it was this book.
I just wanted to share a mini-review with you on this one, which I found scary and compelling and other-worldly and, in the end, unputdownable. Beukes has placed the action of this thriller in Detroit – my home town – and let’s face it, Detroit lends itself to an apocalyptic, burned-out building, urban decay setting. If you’ve read anything about my home town recently, you’ll also know it is becoming a home to corporations, young entrepreneurs, and a thriving artistic community. It’s reinventing itself.
Broken Monsters spans a few genres; the police procedural, the thriller, and the supernatural. Focusing on several characters ( each written beautifully) it concentrates on the search for a serial killer and – warning – some of those scenes that involve killing and/or bodies may be hard to read for some. I was fine with them, but they are shocking at first.
We follow the story from the individual characters’ experiences and Beukes handles this very nicely. She juggles these points of view and manages to move the story along at a compelling pace.
Through it all, we witness the 21st century’s preoccupation with fame and the Internet, the value of art, and the monsters that lie within all of us, ready to spring, if not kept tightly leashed.
Here’s the publisher’s blurb:
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 begin a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you’re the 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 a dream of violently remaking the world.
It’s an excellent read, a mix of genres that works incredibly well, rather like the books of John Connolly. I will be reading more of this talented author’s work.
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I purchased this book at my local bookstore.