Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Many thanks to Mulholland Books, and NetGalley for providing me an ARC of "Broken Monsters," by Lauren Beukes.
The main protagonist; Gabriella, is a detective in the homicide division within the Detroit, MI., police department. Her teenage daughter Layla, uses the teaching her mother and estranged father (another officer), have passed on to her, to survive, and helps solve this horrendous crime wave, and mystery.
Hook: The title is alluring enough to arouse an avid reader's curiosity, it is only the tip of the iceberg, as to what all is truly broken in their city.
It really took a while for all of the facets of this story to gel for me. I was in a couple of chapters, and I kept feeling like I was not gathering all of the threads of this tapestry of work. Even though I felt like a disoriented reader, taking back ways and alleys filled with glass and other rotten things, something kept pulling me on to read. After chapter 10, I could not stop reading this book.
When I had to break away to do things like work, or cook, "Broken Monsters" stayed with me, encroaching my psyche.
Broken Monsters is a long read, with a study guide offered in the back. I did recommend it for our Y/A department, but this will not be for every Y/A reader. There are drugs, violence, murder, serial killings, and allusions to sex, but nothing an inner city kid has not seen on a weekly basis.
The main reason I like this books is because it shows strong female characters, and a teenager operates heroically, even though she is disobeying her parents.
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