Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters

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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 : Hachette Audio
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781478931751
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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rene1951
Mar 10, 2015

Explicit sex description.

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artemishi
Jan 24, 2015

Broken Monsters is genre-defying. It's a thriller, and at first it seems like a cop vs. serial killer story. But the narrative is told by several perspective: the serial killer (who seems insane), the cop, the cop's teenage daughter, the homeless guy with a true sense of honor, and the hack internet "journalist". And if that seems confusing, it's only that way for a few chapters. You start getting pulled into the subplots, and then they're suddenly deftly woven together. I didn't even see the seams.

But I was drawn in. Despite the gruesomeness, the sometimes-vulgar language and graphic content, and the smattering of characters that I wanted to beat about the head with a large spoon, I was completely hooked. And then...what seems like insanity becomes reality. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but this is the best example of 'urban paranormal' that I've ever read. And it was creepy as hell.

The audiobook was narrated, very well, by five different talented narrators, which I think helped dispel any confusion about whose perspective we were getting. For that reason, I'd recommend the audiobook over the printed book. But either way, this story is haunting, gritty, and visceral.

I'm definitely #TeamTK, because he's awesome and felt incredibly tangible. I think there are thousands of TKs out there in every city, living on the street or close to, and it was nice to have a flawed but righteous character be the unexpected one.

I'm also a bit #TeamLeila, even though her judgement is questionable (like any teenager's) and she's sometimes way too self-centered (again like a teenager). But what she goes through, what Cass goes through....ah, it makes my stomach twist just thinking about it. Even more so because we all know this is based in reality, and who doesn't remember that moment in their own life when they learned the hard way that fairness is a myth?

I'm definitely not #TeamJonno, but Beukes does such an amazing job of keeping "good" and "evil" all in shades of grey that it's easy to see how anyone could be. It's all a matter of perspective, I guess.

I highly recommend this book for fans of thrillers, urban paranormal in a new and gripping way, ensemble casts, entropy, Detroit, getting creeped out, and compelling stories.

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Mar 10, 2015

rene1951 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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