by Daryl Gregory
Genre: Horror; Speculative Fiction; Fantasy
Publisher: Tachyon Publications on
12 August 2014
Source: NetGalley - 182 pages
Reading with my ears: Unabridged
04 hours 14 minutes
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Harrison is the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he’s in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time not sleeping.
Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by the messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. And for some reason, Martin never takes off his sunglasses.
Unsurprisingly, no one believes their horrific tales until they are sought out by psychotherapist Dr. Jan Sayer. What happens when these likely-insane outcasts join a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within and which are lurking in plain sight.
I have not been in therapy myself but this was exactly as I would imagine group therapy sessions to be. Awkward meetings that slowly turn into meetings that are looked forward to. Strangers that turn into friends or at least people you are comfortable with.
Off course it would have to include those in the group you would like and those that just want to share too much all the time. And even in this little group of trauma survivors, this is true. You will like some of the characters and others will leave you cold.
This small group has been the victims of some terrible crimes and slowly you begin to see that their perpetrators might not be all human all the time. You are given little tidbits of the crimes as the novella progresses and all seems a little "off".
I don't want to give too much away - this is a story that you have to into blind. It is only a short novella so there is not much fluff to fill out pages. The story is presented to you in black and white.
I will recommend it for a few hours' escape.