Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trailer Park Tuesday: Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes

Welcome to Trailer Park Tuesday, a showcase of new book trailers and, in a few cases, previews of book-related movies.

If I wasn't already maniacally interested in reading Lauren Beukes' new novel Broken Monsters, this book trailer would have sunk a rusty hook into my flesh and reeled me in.  I'm a fan of The Shining Girls, Beukes' previous novel about a time-traveling serial killer; so I was already standing in line for Broken Monsters.  In a series of images that look like the love child of David Lynch and David Cronenberg, the book trailer is as unsettling as the book's premise (and the dark, gnarled half of my brain loves it!):
Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards: half boy, half deer, somehow fused together. As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams? If you're Detective Versado's geeky teenage daughter, Layla, you commence a dangerous flirtation with a potential predator online. If you're desperate freelance journalist Jonno, you do whatever it takes to get the exclusive on a horrific story. If you're Thomas Keen, known on the street as TK, you'll do what you can to keep your homeless family safe--and find the monster who is possessed by the dream of violently remaking the world.
Broken Monsters is probably not for the faint-of-heart or timid-of-page.  But for those who lean closer to the screen when a man whispers, "I dreamed about a boy with springs on his feet," I think this will be the perfect book to put a chill in your October air.

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