Broken Monsters – Lauren Beukes, 2014
Broken Monsters initially seems to be a gritty but familiar cop-vs.-disturbed-serial-killer tale. Which would be a good read in itself. But readers are quickly thrown off-guard when the familiarity of that genre is yanked away and things take a supernatural turn.
The setting is perfect. Detroit: blasted, crumbling, stricken, yet persevering. This real wasteland is juxtaposed with the shiny, removed world of social media and the idea that maybe, art and writing can transcend this reality. But in a good way?