Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
Mulholland Books
Publication Date:  September 16, 2014
Date Read:  September 6, 2014

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Mulholland Books via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

2.5 Stars

I really think that this is one of those books that will either click in the readers mind....or not.  I wanted to love this book.  I saw so many good reviews for this book, many that said that this book was scary, before I sat down to read this novel.  I wanted to love this book just as much as all of those readers.  I wanted scary.....a lot.  This book is not scary....not even a little bit scary. 

This story is told from multiple points of view.   Unfortunately, I did not connect with any of the points of view.  I honestly believe that the number of voices in this book took away from the story.  This book also had quite a few sub plots which I felt were distracting and unnecessary.   I kept waiting for everything to pull together which it did for the most part towards the end of the book.  The book took a strange paranormal turn at the end which was never explained and simply fell flat. 

This book does have some positive points.  I was completely drawn into the murder of the boy at the beginning of the book.  I mean a dead boy fused with part of a dead deer....how unique is that.  I was ready for more but that was really the peak of the mystery for me.   This was not a hard book for me to read in any way but I just never felt drawn to the story.

I would not recommend this book to others.  There are plenty of people already doing that and I am going to go against the crowd on this one.  This is the first book that I have read by Lauren Beukes and I would be open to trying one of her other novels some time in the future.  Maybe one of her other books will click for me.

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