MP!er Karen reviews the ‘atmospheric thriller’ ‘Monster’ by CJ Skuse.

We were completely sucked into CJ Skuse’s wintry world in ‘Monster’ – and spent far too long turning pages when we really should have gone to bed. Tense, twisted and our #1 choice for duvet day reading this autumn, we think you all need a copy of CJ Skuse’s fab novel.

Karen applied through our You Review section on the site and scored herself a free copy in exchange for this honest review.

KarenName: Karen Mace
Age: 43

Have you read any of CJ Skuse’s books before? If not, will you be more likely to after reading ‘Monster’? I’ve never read anything from C J Skuse before and hadn’t heard of her – sorry! – but will definitely be checking more out now thanks to ‘Monster’ as it was so well written and atmospheric with a nice twisted sense of humour that really appealed to me!

What did you think of the title? ‘Monster’ is the perfect title for this story! It just got better and better as the tension built up and you got to know all the characters involved. It wasn’t in your face about the Beast but that added to the intrigue of wondering just what was out there and if it really was just a myth or fact. Loved the setting too – if Mallory Towers and Harry Potter were ever to have a dark, twisted book baby then this story would be it!!

How much did this book shock you? It did shock me at times as some of the twists and happenings were just thrown in the right amount and out of the blue which took me by surprise. I’m glad it wasn’t in your face scary either as that added to the impact of the terror for all those involved.

Monster Jacket lowresAs for the scare-factor, can you rate it out of 10, and why? I would rate it 8 out of 10 for scare factor – you had the perfect setting in the middle of nowhere, just 6 students left behind for the xmas holidays, the myth of the beast seemingly growing after the death in the village, and no phones!! What could be more scary!!

Favourite scene? My favourite scene was one right at the beginning and it just stuck with me through the whole book – the netball match where Nash sees the Beast across the field and is just transfixed, while the game is going on around her. Really cleverly written with the netball action being described so clearly but once she spotted the black mass moving it was all that she could focus on

Rate this book out of 10. I’d rate this book 9 out of 10 as the story built up really well and got you involved with wondering how the girls would survive and a really interesting side story of her brother being missing at the same time but his voice always seemingly in her head to guide her through the worst. Loved the various twists and a really good atmospheric thriller!

Get your copy of ‘Monster’ on Amazon for £7.99.

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