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.
Monsters is a young adults book but is also a great read for adults.
I have to say I found Monsters a very surprising read. In a good way.
As the story is told from the point of view of a 12 year old girl, and as an adult, some parts actually shocked me but yet had me laughing as I just loved how blunt she was. Having lost her parents, she doesn’t hold anything back when she tells people how they died.
I don’t actually remember seeing the girls name mentioned once in the story, which is quite bizarre but nether the less I was really drawn to how different she is from many children her age. Saying that Miles the boy she meets and makes friends with is just as strange. They both have a fascination with murder and death and decide to try and solve the recent murder themselves.
The story to a certain extent reminded me of the famous five but darker, way much darker.
This novel is such a good read and I really hope the author writes another book with the girl and Miles in as it left me with so many questions, as by the end, there is something very dark and to be honest bordering on evil about Miles and there is certainly a lot more to his character that needs to be known.
Monsters really is an enjoyable read which will shock you, yet have you smiling.
Many thanks to Bonnier Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I have awarded this book 4/5 stars.
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