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A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet

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Emerald Fennell is a writer and actress, she studied English at Oxford University and lives in London. Emerald's debut children's novel SHIVERTON HALL (Bloomsbury 2013) was shortlisted for the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2014 and was followed by its sequel, THE CREEPER. She is also known for her roles in Any Human Heart (2010), Anna Karenina (2012) and Call the Midwife (2014). Follow Emerald on Twitter: @emeraldfennell


Emerald Fennell combines sharp psychological insight with mordant humour to fashion a dark, contemporary fairy tale. * Daily Mail *
...a mash-up of Carrie and Bluebeard with a touch of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is smart, modern and fresh. This savagely and ultimately bleak tale is not for the faint of heart. * Financial Times *
Monsters by Emerald Fennell (Hot Key Books, GBP7.99) is absolutely great. It's about two appalling children, a sinister seaside holiday and a spate of murders. It's gripping and astonishingly, gleefully dark. * The Spectator *
Emerald Fennel's MONSTERS is a tremendous, destabilising work of fiction, infusing the mundane with eerie and unsettling darkness. It is written, moreover, in a remarkable tone of voice: Roald Dahl meets Muriel Spark. Astonishing. -- William Boyd * New Statesman *
..the two kids embark on a blissful summer of voyeurism, spying, and youthful sleuthing of the most appalling kind. They may not be the Secret Seven, but they are disturbingly compelling. -- Imogen Russell Williams * The Guardian *
Emerald Fennel's MONSTERS will delight 12-plus fans of Edward Gorey, Lemony Snicket and Bret Easton Ellis; it is a hideously funny account by a cynical 13 year old girl of a series of murders in the Cornish town of Fowey. Sophisticated and suspenseful, it has a view of parents that adults would be wise to avoid reading. -- Amanda Craig * New Statesman *
It's very difficult not to overuse the word disturbing to describe this book... Monsters is a challenging novel for teens that is a well-balanced combination of shocking, thought-provoking and gruesomely entertaining writing. * We Love This Book *
A modern classic... Not for the faint-hearted, but lovers of pitch-black humour, unreliable narrators and unspeakable children will have a ball with Fennell's tale of an idyllic Cornish town, an inconvenient body, and two 12-year-olds unwholesomely obsessed with murder * Guardian *

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