Lauren Beukes ‘Broken Monsters’: gruesome, thrilling, and even better than ‘The Shining Girls’

Last year, I picked up a copy of ‘The Shining Girls’ by Lauren Beukes and instantly loved the twisted tale of a supernatural serial – killer.¬† When I saw that she had written another book, I knew I definitely wanted to give it a read.

The story begins with the grisly discovery of mutilated human remains: a boy has been killed, cut in half and attached to a deer. Detective Gabi Versado picks up the case and we follow her search for the individual responsible. As the story progresses, the murders and mutilation escalate, leading to a tense climax, where nothing is quite as it seems and even what you see can’t be trusted.

I absolutely loved this book – it was highly disturbing and unsettling but in a good way! At first I found the sub – plots and characters a little distracting, but they actually turned out to be one of my favourite elements of the story; particularly the parts following Versado’s daughter, Layla. The author has also cleverly left the book wide open for a sequel.

Definitely a book that I would recommend to anyone interested in supernatural thrillers.