Monsters by Emerald Fennell
Released: September 2015
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Format: Digital ARC
Source: From Netgalley
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Many thanks to the Publisher & Netgalley for my copy, this is in exchange for an honest review
A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet. Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not - a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand... A book about two twelve-year-olds that is definitely not for kids.
My, what a dark and intriguing book this was. Loved the narration through the eyes of the girl who is 12 year old. It had the most darkly comical moments, I just had to finish this to see where the story was going to end, and find out who had committed these murders. I was not disappointed!
I'm not going to delve into the plot too much as I just don't want to spoil anything about this gem of a book. It makes you forget just how old these two twelve year old children are, as you see the world through the eyes of curious, yet sociopathic children. How the minds unfold with the morbid curiosity of the murders going on around them.
The way the fishing town, characters and surrounds are described are just the right amount of detail. I'm usually put off by flowery and poetic books, I love to feel my way around a book without having too much described in a way that puts me off the plot. There was a great feel to this book and it was full of colourful characters.
Clearly this is not a book for young readers, as it does contain some adult themes and murder.
This is the first book I have read by this author and I would love to read more. She draws you in and then gives a totally unexpected and wonderful ending. I'm still thinking about the story and the characters days on from reading this book. I'm sure if I read this again I would notice more and more about the behaviour and characteristics of the characters.
My Thoughts on the cover: Yes it does capture elements of the book, however I can't say I'm so keen on it.