Monsters by Emerald Fennell

25399706How did I get the book?
I bought it at YALC

Genre: Thriller / Mystery

Synopsis: 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.

200words (or less) review: Welcome to the perfect seaside holiday. If you don’t mind the odd dead body washing up on land, a small town full of secrets and an unusual girl as tour guide. She’s come to the Cornish town of Fowey for a few summers now and knows a few things. Some of them very dark and disturbing…

Monsters is deliciously twisted. Our narrator is certainly not the standard endearing sort of character. She’s fascinated by death and murder yet there is still something vulnerable. Until Miles appears and the hotel her aunt and uncle run she’s alone and so desperate to keep him as friend.

This book is full of Monsters. Originally I thought the title was about the two children but as you learn all the secrets of the story I doubt that. My worst monster was somebody entirely different…

If you like books that make your moral compass waver, with characters that frankly never had a compass to begin with and writing that entices – then I’d say this is the book for you.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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