the more confrontations occur between the two species. When the death toll rises, the crew turns on each other, and marine geologist Flora Duchovney realizes the scariest monsters aren’t below the surface.
When I read the blurb for this book, I thought the premise seemed pretty much in line with most other novels I’ve read about sea monsters: group of people stumble across a mysterious undersea creature far out in the ocean (always good to isolate the protagonists for extra tension), stupid people in the group do something to piss off the creature, group fights to get back to land while the creature slowly picks off group members. This isn’t meant to be a criticism by any means. I’ve read several other novels that used this setup and was very pleased with the quality of the writing and the execution of the plot.
With Monsters in our Wake, I was intrigued right from the beginning about a novel approach I hadn’t seen done before. The “monsters” in this novel are actually a family of sentient creatures who are thousands of years old and communicate with each other telepathically. They play active roles as primary characters throughout the book which provides an interesting perspective not usually presented in these kinds of stories. Kudos to the author for the interesting approach.
That said, I have a few issues (as I almost always do):
Even with those flaws, I still found the overall story to be pretty well executed and the unique twist of having the sea creatures as characters kept things interesting as well. If you’re into horror or paranormal, this one’s worth a look.
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