Monster by C J Skuse

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Format: Paperback
Publisher: Mira Ink
Publish Date: 24th September 2015
Pages: 318 Pages

The Blurb
At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits. As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild. Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.

Rating: 4/5


The Review
Thank you to Mira Ink for sending me a copy to read and review.

Natasha, or Nash as she is better known, is resident at a prestige boarding school for girls, she’s in the running for Head Girl and tries in all her might to make everyone impressed with her. During a Netball lesson she sees a pair of yellow eyes, that if rumours are to be believed, belong to the Beast of Bathory – there’s a beast living in the school grounds!

Monster is a suspense novel packed with questions that you definitely need answering. What has actually happened to Nash’s brother Seb? Is the beast as dangerous as everyone is making out? Give me answers!

It’s sad to say, but Monster was definitely a slow-burner and I did find the first few chapters a little bit irritating. However, I will encourage readers to keep going because it gets awfully juicy. A variety of the chapters hold gorey details of the goings on at the school, and as a little tiny spoiler, there are a few victims.

Monster is drowning in suspense and at no point in the novel do you suspect anything and that’s how it should be – I hate predictability and Monster has none.


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