Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters

Book - 2014 | First North American edition
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Detective Gabriella Versado investigates after disturbing displays that fuse the bodies of murder victims with those of animals are uncovered in abandoned Detroit buildings.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, Little Brown and Company, 2014
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9780316216821
0316216828
Call Number: MYSTERY BEUKES 2014
Characteristics: 441 pages ; 24 cm

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A surreal, horrifying, fascinating romp of a thriller all set in the gritty inner-city of Detroit.--Karen

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multcolib_karene Jun 17, 2018

Totally enthralling, atmospheric book. Though it's about a serial killer, the violence isn't gratuitous. There's mystery, horror. suspense, psychological drama, commentary on the media, the power of art. Nailed the setting of Detroit - felt like Detroit was another character in the tale.


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SidheWrites
Aug 28, 2020

This story is told from multiple perspectives which I normally find to be a bit too complicated, but the chapters are kept short and sweet, which helped me remain engaged. I found this to be a twisted mix of Stephen King and "Prince Ombra" with a dash of "Hannibal" for good measure. I really enjoyed the fact that it doesn't have a tidy ending and does have an Otherworldly energy to it. It's unlike anything else I've read lately, which is another plus.

multcolib_karene Jun 17, 2018

Totally enthralling, atmospheric book. Though it's about a serial killer, the violence isn't gratuitous. There's mystery, horror. suspense, psychological drama, commentary on the media, the power of art. Nailed the setting of Detroit - felt like Detroit was another character in the tale.

JohnK_KCMO Dec 08, 2017

Gorgeous prose, a generous variety of compelling characters, and a blend of twisted urban murder mystery with magical realism make this an engrossing read. Highly rewarding. There are a couple of awkward tonal shifts but they don't detract from the overall effect. Think Stephen King & Peter Straub with more lyricism.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 16, 2016

A very well written and very imaginative thriller. The author brings her subjects to life which in this gritty, dark, horrific tale is sometimes pretty spooky. I missed something along the way I think, some social commentary to pull it all together so despite being very well put together it doesn't get 4 stars from me.

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jessica_ebacher
Dec 15, 2015

Just like The Shining Girls, it's propulsive, exciting, and really weird. I found the variety of perspectives really interesting - you don't often get to hear from someone like Layla, the teenage daughter of the detective investigating a series of bizarre murders, or TK, who is both black, homeless, and incredibly intelligent and capable. Although the plotting was a bit pat, with all the threads drawing together a little too neatly at the end for my particular taste, I couldn't help but devour this book.

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Dreamstime
Sep 16, 2015

Too fragmented for me.

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adasilva7
Jun 25, 2015

This novel is captivating from beginning to end, I couldn't stop reading it. I'd recommend this title to anyone interested in a unique take on the classic thriller.

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Persnickety77
Jun 10, 2015

I found this lacking. She doesn't adequately explain why Bloom is suddenly possessed with some 'dream' and needs to kill people. I didn't really enjoy the paranormal aspects - especially since they weren't really examined in any depth. That being said, I enjoyed her writing, and I really liked some of the characters. It just didn't live up to its potential.

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thomqui
Apr 06, 2015

A very dark, complex and disturbing novel with many twists and turns. Only for those who like Dr. Lecter and similar

I read "Shining girls" and liked it so I grabbed this as soon as I could. Meh, maybe I had high expectations, maybe if she did away with the Jonno character, I might have been happier, but to be honest, I kept saying to myself "This feels like an episode of "Hannibal" -- I've seen this before but better." Sorry, Beukes, I wanted to like it, but you'll have to do better next time. Also, look into writing better endings. And somebody blacklist the voice actor who played Jonno. It made a boring character into an irritating, stupid, want-to-skip-this-chapter character.

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