Book Review: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

untitled (2)Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

“In the city that’s become a symbol for the death of the American dream, a nightmare killer is unravelling reality. The new thriller from Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls.

Detective Gabi Versado has hunted down many monsters during her eight years in Homicide. She’s seen stupidity, corruption and just plain badness. But she’s never seen anything like this.

Clayton Broom is a failed artist, and a broken man. Life destroyed his plans, so he’s found new dreams – of flesh and bone made disturbingly, beautifully real.

Detroit is the decaying corpse of the American Dream. Motor-city. Murder-city. And home to a killer opening doors into the dark heart of humanity.

A killer who wants to make you whole again…”


Broken monsters just has to be read to be believed. It is a multi-layered novel with various plot line threads- that all weave together to deliver a macabre supernatural thriller.

Set in the same urban decay as “The Shinning girls”; Lauren Beukes does it again and delivers a jaw dropping novel.

Her ingenious writing style is vivid, and can often lead to feelings of discomfort, as she lays out the nasty side of life; Never afraid to pull punches or show the rotten underbelly of humanity.

Broken Monsters is a dark tale of the hidden ugliness of humanity and existence and that is why it is a page turner of epic proportions.


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