Nothing ends. It bleeds.
Monsters are real, and people are freaking out about it. Honestly, wouldn't you? This story follows several characters who are all trying to deal with the revelation in their own ways, for their own reasons. There is a nebulous narrator who feeds the story to you piece by piece and you'll start to see the tendrils that connect everyone you meet. It starts with the shooting of Lincoln, which causes Rebecca's reveal, which causes the status quo for the rest of the book.
Here's the thing. I can't tell you too much about the plot without telling you what happens. But I still want to express why you should read it. You want to read what happens on your own, because it's a whirlwind of political intrigue, romance, grief, and more. Cadwell Turnbull is the author, and he is pulling the strings delightfully as he gives you just enough in each chapter to keep you coming back hungrily for more. You get to travel the globe while still feeling wholly grounded by your affinity with the narrator. The descriptive writing makes every interaction come to life off the page. You will identify with the characters and their hardships and joys. Keep tissues handy, because emotion is going to come for you at least once during this read. I loved this book and hope you will too. It is dear to my heart.
This is the beginning of a trilogy and sadly, the next ones are not available just yet. If you need a fix in the meantime, try The Lesson. This book, by the same author, is about Alien Contact in the Virgin Islands.
Blackstone Publishing, 2021
Format: Book, Eaudiobook
One October morning, Laina gets the news that her brother was shot and killed by Boston cops. But what looks like a case of police brutality soon reveals something much stranger. Monsters are real. And they want everyone to know it. As creatures from myth and legend come out of the shadows, seeking safety through visibility, their emergence sets off a chain of seemingly unrelated events. Members of a local werewolf pack are threatened into silence. A professor follows a missing friend's trail of bread crumbs to a mysterious secret society. And a young boy with unique abilities seeks refuge in a pro-monster organization with secrets of its own. Meanwhile, more people start disappearing, suicides and hate crimes increase, and protests erupt globally, both for and against the monsters. At the center is a mystery no one thinks to ask: Why now? What has frightened the monsters out of the dark? The world will soon find out.
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