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terrific thriller by stunning new novelist,
This review is from: Beast (Paperback)
I fell in love with Beast's narrator on the first page when he lists all the bad things he's done. Most of these, which have led to him being "in care", are pretty minor but two are not - and one might kill him. This is the existence of the monster growing in the marsh, which he must feed. Each week it grows stronger, and more likely to break out of its cage....
The monster is very real (and an urban legedn) but also a metaphor for Stephen himself. Is he going to make a future, or become a crook like his father? How can he atone for his involvement in his brother's death? What is he going to do to his foster-sister?
The author apparently grew up with foster children, and it shows. If you're the kind of reader who gets shocked by a few swear-words, don't bother. But if you want a wonderful, well-written, realistic, seat-of-the-pants thriller about a teenager, this is it.