The beast within released OUT NOW! 318 pages | Paperback/ Ebook
Author CJ Skuse
Publisher MIRA Ink
Having to spend Christmas
at school is a horrifying prospect. Having to spend it with a bunch of misfits you don’t know or like is even worse. But for six pupils of Bathory School, it’s about to get properly nightmarish. There’s a killer on the loose, and the list of suspects includes a convicted murderer and a mysterious black cat known as the Beast of Bathory. Plus the matron has disappeared, along with all their mobile phones, and outside the snow shows no sign of stopping…
Monster piles on the peril until the odds are seriously stacked against the girls – even if they do display Enid Blyton levels of resourcefulness. The mystery is engaging, the relationships between the various different teens are interesting, and there’s even a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.
But while it’s nice to see a less- than- perfect Young Adult heroine, Monster’s Nash has some serious flaws that are never really addressed. And just when it looks like she’s starting to realise something’s wrong, the book comes to a crashing end. It’s such an anticlimax that it feels like the last chapter got accidentally deleted and the publishers were hoping that no one would notice.