Monsters by Gareth S. Young demonstrates how it’s possible for any parents worst fear to be imagined, the kidnapping of their child. This is a devastating occurrence, and yet it happens. It happened to Emmy Watson on one of the most fun days of the year, Halloween. What unfolds after her daughter Scarlett disappears, is devastating, unimaginable, and made me unable to put this book down for once second while I was reading it.

Imagine you are spending time with your young child, taking her trick or treating and just having a wonderful evening full of Jack o Lanterns, candy and costumes. Soon, you lose track of time and where you are, having so much fun that you just let your child go up to houses and ask for candy with out a second thought. What happens when you finally come back from the fog and realize that you haven’t seen your child in a couple of minutes, and none of the little heads walking along the sidewalk are dressed like the little girl that was just by your side moments ago? Just the thought of this makes my stomach flip, I can only imagine how Emmy felt in this moment.

After Emmy calls the police, they soon realize there is no evidence and there are no leads in the investigation. To Emmy’s chagrin, she has to find someone else to help her. That’s when she calls her old high school friend Doyle Godwin, who happens to be a detective, for help. Even though Godwin can be a little hard to understand, he does a good job of finding out things that no one else seems to be able to, and even though some people are afraid of Godwin, he is determined to help Emmy get her daughter back in any way that he can.

Godwin has a deformity that makes him look like a monster to people, but this doesn’t stop him from getting to the bottom of any crime he has to solve. That includes little Scarlett’s disappearance. Despite the fact that people are accusing Godwin of being the kidnapper, he has to push past the criticism and hate in order to find out what really happened to Scarlett.

This book literally had me wrapped around it’s pages for days. I could not set it down for one second. The way that Young creates his characters makes them so real and understandable, I could feel that I lived in their world. I don’t believe this is Young’s first novel, but he hasn’t written much besides this book, even though he is considered an “amateur” in the writing world, he has an amazing writing ability that is going to take him places in the future for sure. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book was sent to me via the author in exchange for an honest review.


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