Review: Buekes’s Broken Monsters

Broken Monsters (Reading Group Guide)
Lauren Buekes

Super well-done mystery novel set turned super-natural what-the-fuck. Wonderful characters including sketchy wanna-be youtube stars, troubled ex-cons, teens in over their heads, overworked cops and mentally ill artists all face unknowable something or other in post-industrial Detroit. Good fun.
I picked this up not knowing what to expect and was really pleasantly surprised when what I got was a page turner that felt new and vibrant. The writing here isn’t always flawless, and some of the scenes especially those involving the wanna-be youtube star, felt forced, but all in all an enjoyable novel. I’ll be checking out Beukes’ other works.


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