In the city that’s become a symbol for the death of the American dream, a nightmare killer is unravelling reality. The new thriller from Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls.
Broken city, broken dreams
In Detroit, violent death – along with foreclosure and despair – is a regular occurrence. But the part-human, part-animal corpses that have started appearing are more disturbing than anything Detective Gabriella Versado has ever seen.
As Gabriella works the case, her teenage daughter Layla embarks on a secret crime-fighting project of her own – hunting down online paedophiles – but it all goes horribly wrong…
TK has learned how to make being homeless work for him and his friends, but something evil is threatening the fragile world he’s constructed on the streets…
Ambitious blogger Jonno is getting desperate. The big four-oh isn’t that far away, and he’s still struggling to make his mark. But then he stumbles across some unusual and macabre art, which might just be the break he needs to go viral…
Broken Monsters lays bare the decaying corpse of the American Dream, and asks what we’d be prepared to do for fifteen minutes of fame, especially in an online world.
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Praise for The Shining Girls:
‘Brilliant … By placing the victims centre stage, Beukes celebrates each girl's life and transforms a genre that often seems sickly sensationalist … It should be the book of the summer’ Observer ‘Meet the author’
‘For sheer, page-turning nerve, The Shining Girls is going to take some beating this summer… You're in for a wild, brutal ride through the 20th century, in the company of one of the sarkiest, most resilient heroines you're likely to meet this year’ Alison Flood, Observer
‘An ingenious and imaginative thriller … compulsively readable’ Sunday Mirror
‘If you’ve got a Gone Girl-shaped hole in your life, try this cleverly constructed thriller’ Evening Standard
‘Beukes has enormous fun with the concept … an entertaining novel that will be read with keen attention’ Guardian
‘Confidently written … this dark tale is told inventively and is full of surprises. Keep the lights on’ Daily Mail
‘A killer of a novel … a brilliant, mess-with-your-mind conclusion’ Marie Claire
‘Highly original … guaranteed to have you sleeping with the lights on’ Easy Living
‘A mix of shocking gore, compelling characters, and a sweet romance’ Grazia
‘A terrific thriller … there’s far more to THE SHINING GIRLS than its great yarn …vividly conjures up different eras’ SFXAbout the Author:
Lauren Beukes is a novelist, TV scriptwriter, documentary maker, comics writer and occasional journalist.
She won the Arthur C Clarke Award for her novel Zoo City, set in a fantastical Johannesburg where guilt manifests as spirit animal familiars. Her previous works include Moxyland, a dystopian cyberpunk thriller set in Cape Town under corporate apartheid.
She helped create South Africa’s first half-hour animated TV show, URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika, and has written kids animated shows for Disney UK and Millimages in France.
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