Published - 14th September 2015
Publisher - Mira Ink
Format - Paperback
Synopsis - 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.
I was super lucky and received a copy of Monster a few months ago at a Mira Ink/Harlequin event. Apologies in advance as I read this so long ago and should have taken better notes. But long story short - I absolutely loved it. Every second of it.
Right away I felt really pulled into the story. Bathory school is creepy and full of secrets and it really comes across within the first few pages. I'd have to say that it wasn't scary in any shape or form but I don't think that was the point. It was a great mystery and didn't seem too obvious. The setting was perfect too; snowy, isolated, old and creaky - everything you could wish for in a thriller-esque book to be honest.
I also loved that there was more going on that the basic plot line too. As a reader we got to know a lot of the other characters and glances into their lives and not just the main character. When i'm reading a book - especially when it's set in our present day universe - there HAS to be connections to characters that are separate to the story.
If you're looking for a fun, mystery read as the cold nights draw in and with Halloween around the corner, I would absolutely recommend Monster! I truly loved Skuse's writing style and have added more of her work to my wish-list. Great read!