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Praise for BROKEN MONSTERS: 'This uniquely, horrible, disturbing novel... should be a shoo-in for thriller of the year' Observer 'Well-executed...exquisitely paced and impeccably controlled...' New York Times 'Deftly layered, engrossing, striking' Sunday Times 'Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down' Stephen King 'This is a tremendous novel, full of original characters and stunning dialogue' The Times 'I unhesitatingly urge you to buy it and read it now' James Ellroy, author of LA CONFIDENTIAL 'This wickedly unpleasant thriller has a rare and intriguing capacity to make the reader think' Telegraph 'Beukes is a compelling storyteller who has created strong characters in Gabi and Layla' Metro 'Beukes has once again redefined the thriller genre' Stylist 'Make a long flight fly by with this gripping thriller' Grazia 'Following up an international bestseller is never easy, but [Beukes] makes it look easy' Shortlist 'Never exploitative, never superficial, never uncomplicated: Beukes shows how horror can be the best way to explain our unbelievable reality' Guardian 'Set in Detroit, this is an enjoyably violent procedural high on hallucinogens' Evening Standard 'A compelling spine-chiller that keeps you hooked to the very end' Heat 'A terrifying crime novel that places the victims at its centre' Marie Claire 'Captivating ... Broken Monsters defies the standard tropes of the serial killer genre' Los Angeles Times 'When Stephen King calls a book "scary as hell and hypnotic", don't read it late at night in a tent in the woods ... I regretted not having a door with a deadbolt.' The Wall Street Journal 'This clever and creepy horror fulfils the promise of the grisly first pages' Sunday Mirror 'A strange and fascinating thriller' Sunday Express


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.

Detective Gabi Versado has hunted down many monsters during her eight years in Homicide. She’s seen stupidity, corruption and just plain badness. But she’s never seen anything like this.

Clayton Broom is a failed artist, and a broken man. Life destroyed his plans, so he’s found new dreams – of flesh and bone made disturbingly, beautifully real.

Detroit is the decaying corpse of the American Dream. Motor-city. Murder-city. And home to a killer opening doors into the dark heart of humanity.

A killer who wants to make you whole again…


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1798 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 529 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperCollins (31. Juli 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen 1 Kundenrezension
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Für den Liebhaber von Detroit ein aufschlussreicher Blick hinter die Kulissen des "ruin porn". Mitfühlen ist bei jedem der sehr verschiedenartigen Charaktere (Cops, Nerd, Teenies...) jederzeit möglich. Der Spannung tut es keinen Abbruch, dass man weiß, wer der Täter ist. Ungewöhnlich die Idee, zeitversetzt aus wechselnden Perspektiven die gleichen Ereignisse zu lesen. Liest sich schnell! Einzig die Halluzinationsebene (The Dream) hätte sie sich sparen können, meine Meinung.
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HASH(0x8e19e360) von 5 Sternen Just really did not like this one 27. September 2015
Von REF - Veröffentlicht auf
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I was just not a fan of this book. I picked it up because it was recommended by Stephen King (whose recommendations I will almost always take), but the book ended up being a chore to get through. I found the characters to be both unidimensional and somewhat unbelievable - meaning of course, it was very difficult to identify with or have any empathy for any of them. My biggest problem, however, was with the magical elements of the story, which I found to be unevenly introduced and poorly developed, keeping the story stuck in the no man's land between pure fantasy or magical realism (which would have been a better book) and pure non-magical fiction (which would have been a better book). Essentially, I found that the story didn't make sense, I didn't care about any of the characters and, unlike almost everything I read, I had to force myself to finish. Just really didn't like this one.
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HASH(0x905d8918) von 5 Sternen Chilling horror for choosey readers 8. September 2014
Von Joseph Annaruma - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
An exceptional cross between a Horror story, and a crime thriller-set in the decaying city of Detroit, Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes is a huge story constructed from many smaller ones.The spotlight is on Detective Gabriella (Gabi) Versado, a salty divorced single mother who is working around the clock to solve the gruesome murder of an 11-year-old boy. What sets this case apart from the usual cases, is that this child was cut in half and his torso was fused with the lower portion of a deer.

The little stories include Gabi’s daughter Layla, a typical teenager from a broken home who traverses the usual teen drama, such as trying to fit in with the cool crowd, meeting boys, and doing well in school. She also adds extracurricular activities such as shaming online pedophiles at gunpoint with her mysterious friend Cas. There are little story lines involving characters from a church homeless shelter, a community of artists, and a video-journalist named Jonno who struggles to make his name at all costs. All of these characters are either impacted, or involved with the crazed serial killer who happens to be a tortured artist possessed by an entity that turns dreams into 3D reality with alarming results.

The manner in which the murders take place are chilling, and altogether different from the usual fare, with an ending that is both action-packed and thought-provoking. What I most liked about this book is the attention spent on the problems within a city that is falling apart; issues of race, class, police ineptitude and lack of services are all brought to the forefront of the story. Also of interest is the author’s treatment of the modern conundrum of the internet and instant video streaming, which plays a major role in both the causes of many of the murders, as well as the end results.

I would love to see Broken Monsters turned into a film, because if produced correctly, it has the potential to be a blockbuster. I can see Michelle Rodriguez as Gabi Versado. This was a multi-faceted story with enough weight (448 pages) to build up a good level of suspense and an ample plot. Highly recommended for readers of Horror, crime fiction and thrillers.
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HASH(0x8e19eec4) von 5 Sternen Great plot but difficult to connect to the characters 31. Juli 2015
Von Majanka - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition
I’m still struggling to review Broken Monsters and it’s been a few days since I finished it. In truth, the book isn’t bad, and if it were up to writing style alone, it deserved more than three stars. Lauren Beukes is an excellent writer, and knows her craft.

However, books are about more than writing style. There’s also plot, and that’s where the book drops the mark. In theory, the plot is great. A murderer connects the upper half of a boy to the lower part of a deer, and that’s only the first murder he commits. The murders grow increasingly more strange, and one of our main charcter, Gabriella Versado, a detective with the Detroit police department, has to solve the case. In theory, it sounds good. There’s also a connection with the art community, and the city of Detroit is described in great detail, giving the book more credibility and causing a better writing experience.

Then the book warps from a murder mystery into a paranormal thriller, with the mention of doors serving as gateways. Now I’m the first person to admit I love police procedurals that morph into paranormal thrillers, but here it just totally unraveled the plot. No longer were we hunting for the killer, we were trapped in a paranormal nightmare that read more like a bad acid trip. Instead of enhancing the plot, the paranormal aspect weakened it, and the murders suddenly lost most of their importance.

Then there’s the characters. Gabriella is all right. She’s your stereotypical struggling working mom who also happens to be a detective, divorced and unable to have a healthy love relationship with anyone except her daughter. Said daughter, Layla, a teenager, gets a POV too and turns out to be a major part of the plot. Next up is TK, a homeless man who we don’t really learn all that much about, and Jonno a struggling author turned film maker who is a despicable human being and does everything to become famous, even if it means not giving vital evidence to the police. Each of those characters also seemed to have a subplot going on, and that took a lot of the focus away from the main plot. I don’t mind a few subplots, but we just got too much of those here. The many characters made it hard to connect to one. I could connect with Gabriella somewhat, and if the whole book had been from her POV, I probably would’ve liked it more.

If you like paranormal thrillers or just plain strange murder mysteries, I’d recommend to give this one a shot. It’s not bad, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea either.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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HASH(0x8d625aec) von 5 Sternen A Serial Killer Plot Mixed with Horror 17. September 2014
Von Nancy Famolari - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Gabi Versado, a Detective in the Detroit Police Department is called to the scene of a brutal murder. A young boy has been cut in half and sewn to the hind legs of a deer. Soon there are more bizarre murders. The novel starts as a typical serial killer novel, but after the first few chapters it veers toward a horror story in the Stephen King tradition.

The book is populated by a range of characters from the detective and her teenage daughter to a newspaper reporter who tries to get an exclusive on the strange killer. The diversity of the characters supports several subplots. Although the subplots are interesting, I felt that they were a distraction form the main theme. The subplot involving Gabi's daughter seemed almost an aside to introduce us to the daughter.

If you enjoy good horror fiction, you'll enjoy this book, if you'd rather read about serial killers and typical police work, this may not be your novel. The writing is excellent, but it is rather long and somewhat fragmented with the numerous characters and subplots.

I reviewed this book for Net Galley.
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HASH(0x8d625c9c) von 5 Sternen It was 5 stars until it was 2 19. August 2015
Von Ilana S. Hairston - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Being an x Michiganander and loving Detroit for its broken beauty I loved the book. Beukes captures the city with painful accuracy. The characters are wonderful, and the plot gripping. But it should have ended about ¾ of the way through. The lengthy chase, Layla's (the swanky bad-ass detective's daughter) unnecessary altercation, detracted from the precise beauty of the book.
Still, it's a great summer read, cool, funny, and haunting all at once.
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