Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters

Audiobook CD - 2014
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"Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down...I'd grab it if I were you." --Stephen King
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 bestselling "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.
Publisher: New York : Hachette Audio, p2014.
ISBN: 9781478930105
1478930101
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (ca. 13 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.

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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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