By: Jennifer McMahon
“The tragedies we endure shape our lives: we carry them like shadows“
In 1978, Dr. Helen Hildreth ran a psychiatric treatment center in a beautiful area of Vermont. By day, she was a compassionate doctor, by night, a loving grandmother (Gran) to Eric and Violet. One day, Gran brings home another little girl, Iris, to stay with the family. At first, she’s mute. Gran asks Eric and Violet to treat her like a sister and maybe she’ll open up. They invite Iris to join their Monster Club. Eventually, Iris starts to come out of her shell, and she is doing everything with Eric and Violet. Now, it’s 2009 and Lizzy Shelly, host of a popular podcast Monsters Among Us, goes to Vermont where a young girl has been abducted and a monster has been seen. Lizzy is determined to hunt down this monster – to her, monsters are real, and one of them is her sister!
This book was just okay. I don’t know if I felt this way because the book I read previously was fantastic, or if I would have felt this way no matter what. The first half of the book felt really long and drawn out. I was bored reading most of it. It wasn’t until the second half, or about 3/4s of the way through did the book get interesting where I actually wanted to know what was going to happen. There seem to be two major twists in this book, and I figured out the first one. I didn’t figure out the second one, which is how I am able to give this book three stars. I liked that there was a different kind of conclusion to this book than one would expect, but it did feel a little lackluster. Overall, not a bad read.
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