Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters

eBook - 2014
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Detective Gabriella Versado is used to dealing with ugly murders. This is Detroit, after all. But the corpses turning up in abandoned buildings are unlike any she's seen before: queasy mash-ups of animals and humans, like some DIY taxidermied freak show. After her teen daughter Layla finds photographs of the bodies on her computer and leaks it to a blogger friend and thus the whole of the Internet, Gabi finds herself fighting to stay on the case she's compromised - and to save her relationship with her daughter. But as the murders seize the imagination of the populace with copycat killings and disturbing "art installations" appearing overnight, Detective Versado has to hunt down and confront a killer who has let loose the seething subconscious of the city.
Publisher: [Sydney] : 2014. HarperCollins,
ISBN: 9781743096673
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Bolinda Digital

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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.

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.

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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BLACKSQUIRREL_1
Dec 24, 2014

if i'd have noticed it was by her, I wouldn't have bothered. Shining girls was idiotic. This started interesting, but ended up idiotic too

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