Broken Monsters

  • by Lauren Beukes
  • Narrated by Christine Lakin, Terra Deva, Sunil Mohatra, Robert Morgan Fisher, J. D. Jackson
  • 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes's new genre-bending novel of suspense.
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 commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're 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 the dream of violently remaking the world.
If Lauren Beukes's internationally best-selling The Shining Girls was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her Broken Monsters is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.

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What the Critics Say

"Lauren Beukes has got an intriguing style of dealing with slightly surreal things in very real ways. I'm all over it." (Gillian Flynn, O: The Oprah Magazine)
"One of the scariest and best-written thrillers of the year" (Chicago Sun-Times
"Wildly inventive" (Entertainment Weekly)

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Too much of a (not very) good thing

The premise of this book was great and there was some good things to like. Unfortunately, there were some major flaws.
There were too many stories and too many characters and it made for a disjointed final product. There wouldn't have been too many stories if they joined better and if there was enough of a main character. Instead I was left waiting for the different characters' paths to cross and getting more and more bored with a couple of the stories as I realized that they weren't going to even be key to the actual plot.
There also were several moments that I perceived as important, that I kept waiting for the author to come back to and address or close the loop on and that never happened.
I enjoyed the "main" character and her daughter and their story. Their character development was good and I cared about what happened to them. They drove the action and they were believable and fun to follow. Unfortunately there were too many things around their story that diluted the book until it wasn't enjoyable.
The ending wasn't very good. It just was too unbelievable and didn't go with the rest of the story.
I didn't think I would like the multiple narrators, but I did. They made the story a little more enjoyable.
I do not recommend.

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- Marci

Good mashup of horror, police procedural and online culture

Beukes captures slices of the modern social media culture, the post industrial decay of urban America, the police procedural and the supernatural horror novel blended well by the differing narrators to very good effect.
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- David_in_Tennessee "David_in_Tennessee"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio