Monster by C J Skuse Review

If it wasn’t for twitter I wouldn’t even know that this author existed, never mind the book. I saw a picture of the horror books for the month and as I already owned 2 out of the three books I thought I might as well get them all.



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.

Taken from goodreads

Until recently I have never really been into horror books, the only authors I would really read who wrote horror was Darren Shan and Derek Landy, so for me to go out and buy a book by an author I don’t know or know anything about the book is a strange thing for me to do. However right now I don’t think im going to be doing it again anytime soon.

Im not saying I didn’t like this book im just saying I didn’t love it like I do with a lot of other books. In my own opinion the type of horror that this book follows is suspense and trying to make sure you are kept on your toes the whole time. However it doesn’t do it very well, if I didn’t know that a lot of the time the best part of the book is the final 100 pages I would of given up a long time ago. The first 100 pages where so boring I actually couldn’t read more then 10 pages at a time and if it wasn’t for a long train journey where I couldn’t listen to music I probably still wouldn’t of finished the book.

I will admit that by the last 50 odd pages I did want to know what happens to all the characters and who this ‘monster’ really is. But I think for how hard it was to actually be able to reach the last 50 pages the reward just wasn’t good enough. The story just didn’t grab my attention like a lot of other books have done.

I was readying the review parts at the beginning of the book and I actually was looking forward to reading the book, but after reading it I want to know if they were reading a different book to me as none of it seemed to apply. Heck the review on the front cover says ‘An absolute page-turner’ half the time I didn’t want to turn the page I just instead wanted to close the book and throw it out of a window. The best one though was by Amanda Craig who is from The Times and she says ‘The tension and the comedy crack along with a heart-warming hilarity that is impossible to resist’ I want to know what book she was reading as I certainly wasn’t this one. Yeah the suspense was very good near the end of the book when we are just about to find out who actually is the ‘moster’ but comedy crack?? I didn’t even smirk once, there was nothing in this book that has anything to do with comedy, the closest it got was if Maggie would make a smart remark.

This book in my opinion has a very specific audience who like to read through a lot of boring parts that in my own opinion are nothing more than filler for an okay ending. If you sound like one of these people then I am sure that the £7.99 price tag seems like a good deal, however right now I don’t think I would go and pay the £4.49 for the kindle edition at this point.

If I had to give a star rating for this book it would have to be a 2 as it just want good enough, and to be compared to some great books by Derek Landy and Darren Shan is a little bit offensive to the quality of their writing.


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