Thursday, August 3, 2017

Review of Broken Monsters- A Laura Beukes Novel

<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Broken Monsters" src="" /></a><a href="">Broken Monsters</a> by <a href="">Lauren Beukes</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I recommend this book if you like crime fiction. But you can also just like slipstream fiction. Even if you hate one of these genres but like the other read the book! <br />I almost don't want to reveal the secret. Not about the plot, but the fact that this book will broaden your mind and not just deliver suspense and violence (though it does.) But this is the kind of book that will keep you riveted as you also learn what it's like to be other people and/or what's it's like to live in real city with a huge wealth divide, what it's like be a cop for all the right reasons, or to be an artist for all the wrong ones. <br />Beukes is a sorceress that can appeal to "serious literary" aka male readers. She does it by getting labeled as "crime fiction." There's a relatable tortured dude. Then there is the dude's "shadow self," the psycho serial killer. There is realistic trauma and violence. There's also crazy AF literal blood & guts all the boys like. Yet it is never cheesy. You never feel like you're watching yet another Tarantino film. It's not just real because you feel like you are in the room with the violence, even though you very much feel that. It's real because of the complex characters. You are in the room of the characters' minds. You almost feel like you are spying in a person's head. <br />When I began reading it I thought this book would be similar to her novel Shinning Girls. Like The Shinning Girls there is a serial killer and a mysterious element. But, I was wrong. This book is so different and worth reading. (Relatable tortured guy character may even almost learn something about himself, or maybe you will!)
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