Lauren Beukes writes serial killers like no one else. In her
latest book Broken Monsters, she continues to mix genres better than
anyone. Detective Gabi Versado is the detective in charge of finding
the killer in a particularly gruesome murder. Jonna, a ruin-porn
journalist in search of the next big story, becomes involved and gets
way more than he bargained for, and Clayton Broom is a failed artist
with broken dreams, who believes, at last, he has found his life's
work. Broken Monsters is set in Detroit and the city is a big part of
the story. Part police procedural, part exploration of social media,
and all thrills, this one is not for the faint of heart. If you like
your reading dark, Broken Monsters is the book for you. I loved it.
Buekes' 2013 novel The Shining Girls, about a time traveling serial
killer, was my favorite book of 2013.
"Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down...I'd grab it if I were you." --Stephen King A criminal mastermind creates violent tableaus in abandoned Detroit warehouses in Lauren Beukes's new genre-bending novel of suspense. Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you're Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you'll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe--and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world. If Lauren Beukes's internationally bestselling "The Shining Girls" was a time-jumping thrill ride through the past, her "Broken Monsters" is a genre-redefining thriller about broken cities, broken dreams, and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.
About the Author
Lauren Beukes writes novels, comics and screenplays. She's the author of the critically-acclaimed international bestseller, "The Shining Girls," about a time-traveling serial killer, "Zoo City," a phantasmagorical Joburg noir which won the 2011 Arthur C Clarke Award, and the neo political thriller "Moxyland." She worked as a journalist, a show runner on one of the South Africa's biggest animated TV shows, directed an award-winning documentary and wrote the "New York Times "best-selling graphic novel, "Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom." She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.