Broken Monsters — Review

January 26, 2015

There are a lot of communities in Detroit and Lauren Beukes’s Broken Monsters shows the interconnected stories of members of these communities who find themselves caught up in the horror of a reality-busting crime.

In the first part of the book, an unusual body is found — the upper half of a young boy is fused with the lower half of a deer. The investigation of this crime is the undercurrent that runs throughout this book. Bits of magical realism and the fantastic start to creep in as the book progresses, which adds layers of unpredictability to the narrative.

Broken Monsters is creepy and unsettling and fascinating. Beukes’s writing grabs you and doesn’t let you go.

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