Monster

by C. J. Skuse

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LoveReading View on Monster

October 2015 NewGen Book of the Month.

In an isolated boarding school, a group of girls settle in for the holidays.  Everyone else has gone home and there are rivalries and animosity between them – this definitely isn’t going to be a happy Christmas. But no-one knows just how bad things will get! As snow falls, cutting them off, stories of the monstrous beast that stalks the hills become terrifyingly plausible: something is out there, something murderous! It’s a classic set up and C.J. Skuse squeezes every thrill and heart-stopping moment out of it, adding a breezy, sardonic humour just right for teen readers. Grisly, nail-biting fun!  ~ Andrea Reece

Andrea Reece

Monster 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.

Monster Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading adult and YA Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read their full reviews.

  • Lola Bridgeman, age 18 - 'Absolutely brilliant, a perfect winter read!'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Well this was a really thrilling read. I was on the edge of my seat.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'If you like ghost stories that happen in big old houses then you will likely really enjoy this! I definitely did!'
  • Emily Kinder - 'Everything is going perfectly for Nash. Almost head girl, almost girlfriend, almost Christmas. Seb's disappearance changed everything, because Bathory has a dark dark secret. An amazing read.'

Monster Press Reviews

Praise for C J Skuse:

'CJ does it again, with a boarding school story packed with tension...Nobody captures the darkness of teenage nightmares quite like CJ Skuse.' - Sophia Bennett, author of The Look

'Fiendishly dark, with a sense of humour. CJ Skuse always inspires deep author envy' - Keren David, YA Book Prize Nominee on Monster

'It's so good, I'd recommend it to people I don't like' - Kevin Brooks on Pretty Bad Things

'A rip roaring story' - Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian on Rockoholic

'sharp, funny and knowing...' - The Telegraph on Rockoholic

'The tension and the comedy crack along with a heart-warming hilarity that is impossible to resist.' Amanda Craig, The Times on Dead Romantic

'It's an absolute page-turner! I gobbled it up in one sitting, and it kept me guessing right till the end. A deliciously creepy horror story, served up with CJ's trademark humour.' - Cat Clarke.

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ISBN: 9781848453890
Publication date: 24/09/2015
Publisher: Mira Ink an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848453890
Publication date: 24th September 2015
Author: C. J. Skuse
Publisher: Mira Ink an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Horror & ghost stories, chillers (Children's / Teenage),

About C. J. Skuse

C.J. Skuse was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children's fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. Sweetpea is CJ’s first adult novel.

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