Lauren Beukes’ BROKEN MONSTERS
Beukes has chosen Detroit for the setting of this novel, the perfect place for broken things. Detroit is a broken city and is literally broke (bankrupt to be exact). Once an industrial heartland its industry is now broken and run down. Families are broken and so is any sense of community.
Detective Gabi Versado is trying to make sense of the small horrors she sees everyday. Her daughter Layla tries to make sense of a teenage world where social media is more of a social weapon. Johnno is a broken journalist who has gravitated to Detroit to try to find a story no one else is looking at. And TK is a man who is slowly putting his broken life back together and trying to help those around him do the same. When a brutal murder occurs and the victim is found in a bizarre, possibly ritualistic, fashion the whole city threatens to explode.
Beukes alternates between her characters with expert precision, unfolding the story and their connections to it with subtlety and skill. At the same time she explores a broken city and the places where it is trying to grow back. There is a supernatural theme to the killings and like True Detective the lines between imagery and an actual otherworld are so entwined and blurred that the truth is almost lost and everyone with it.
There are so many elements Beukes has combined in this totally absorbing and addictive thriller confirming her as one of the most original and exciting writers of the crime genre (and other genres) at the moment.
ISBN: 9780732295547 ISBN-10: 0732295548 Classification: Thriller / suspense , Crime & mystery Format: Paperback Pages: 528 Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd Publish Date: 1-Aug-2014 Country of Publication: Australia