So…The Wolfman, Dracula, The Mummy & Frankenstein’s Monster go into this bar, right?
Wait, no, that’s not it. Not a bar…a therapy group, that’s it!
Well, why not? There are therapy groups for everything – alchoholics, sex addicts, overeaters, bookaholics – so why not a therapy group for monsters? It must be tough in today’s world to be a monster – hiding from everyone yet trying to live a normal life, finding lotion for dried out skin if you’re a mummy, controlling all that extra unwanted hair if you’re the Wolfman etc.
Led by The Blob…er, Bob…the dysfunctional group meet each week in the basement of a church in New York city. Supposedly it’s to discuss their problems and find support, but more often than not, they are arguing amongst themselves. But when Natalie, a Frankenstein’s Monster – not Frankenstein thank you very much, he was their Creator, not the name of the monster – discovers one of their fellow members, Ellis The Invisible Man, on the slab at the morgue where she works, and is told of the manner of his death, she realizes something is going on. And why is their group leader Bob missing? And more to the point, is this mismatched group going to do anything about it?
Natalie informs the rest of the group of the Invisible Man’s murder, and badgers them into trying to find Bob. The discovery of his frozen body in his apartment leads the group on a wild adventure to find out why the monsters are dying exactly as they did in their books, and who is doing it.
Natalie is wonderful! Along with the pressure of trying to live and survive in a big city and hide her nature, she worries about her scars and mismatched body parts. It’s Natalie that is the driving force behind the group. She’s the one who discovers someone is killing the monsters, she’s the one who makes the rest of the group go looking for Bob, she’s the one who seems to keep them together. She remembers all to well the horror of being chased by villagers with pitchforks and flaming torches, and she definitely doesn’t want that happening again. And she knows that’s the fate awaiting her if the murderer finds her.
Joining forces with Alec the Wolfman, Dracula (yes, that Dracula), Jekyll & Hyde, The Swamp Monster & The Mummy, they must discover the identity of the murderer before it’s too late. And perhaps, just perhaps, she’ll discover a little bit of romance along the way with Alec. :D
I’ve liked [a:Jesse Petersen|3369676|Jesse Petersen|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1282232065p2/3369676.jpg] ever since discovering her wonderfully humourous zombie series, Living with the Dead. In Club Monstrosity she has created a very realistic view of what it would be like to be a monster living in today’s world.
I think Natalie and Alec are the most rounded characters – we get to know them more than the others. It’ll be interesting to see if the other monsters – or new ones – are highlighted in further books.
Jesse Petersen seems to take a genre and turn it on its head – how many times have you ever read a book about the zombie uprising, where the lead characters are married? And how often have you read a tale about legendary monsters living in contemporary times, just trying to make it through the world like the rest of us?
A good solid read, Club Monstrosity has great characters, snarky and funny writing & dialogue, and a nice mystery. I’m looking forward to reading more in the series!