Saturday, October 18, 2014
Book Review: Broken Monsters
AUTHOR: Lauren Beukes
PUBLISHED: July 31rst, 2014
PREMISE: A serial killer is on the loose and detectives are on the case.
MY REVIEW: I have really mixed feelings about this one. I picked it up after hearing Book Riot rave about it and I love my thrillers so I figured it'd be cool.
It definitely was...interesting. I did love the way the author wrote. She has lovely prose and knows how to weave a story. I may not have cared for this one, but I think I will maybe check out her other books.
My issue was that there were too many characters and that interfered with the very good mystery going on. Like why was the plot with the teenage daughter even there? It should have focused more on the mystery part because it got too caught up in drama that slowed the book down a LOT and made the middle a struggle to get through.
This sort of reminded me of Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling and it had the exact same problem that book had: good main idea and lovely writing/storytelling skills, but too many characters to focus on who cluttered up the plot.
WHO SHOULD READ: Mystery fans, Lauren Beukes fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five serial killers