Natalie’s one of Frankenstein’s creations and works in a New York City morgue. So of course she needs therapy. She and her friends—er, fellow monsters—have formed the world’s most exclusive, most dysfunctional support group. What could go wrong?
Undetected in the modern world and under pressure to stay that way, Natalie Grey, Dracula, Bob the Blob, and others (including the fetching wolfman Alec) meet regularly to talk about the pressures of being infamous in the Big Apple. Topics include how long it’s been since their last sighting, how their “story” creates stereotypes they can’t fulfill, and—gasp—sometimes even their feelings. But when their pervy Invisible Man, Ellis, is killed in a manner reminiscent of the H.G. Wells novel, it’s clear someone’s discovered their existence and is down for some monster busting.
Led by Natalie—and definitely not helped by Hyde’s bloodthirsty tendencies—the members of Monstofelldosis Anonymous band together for security and a little sleuthing. And maybe—maybe—if they don’t end up dead, they’ll end up friends somewhere along the way.
Jesse Petersen is such a fun and unique voice in paranormal fiction! Club Monstrosity brings together our favorite monsters in this light murder mystery, making as if they exist in modern times and have been forced to live in the shadows, hiding in plain sight from the unsuspecting humans.
After Ellis, the invisible man, is killed in the exact manner as his origin story the members of Monstofelldosis Anonymous begin to worry that some errant humans have found a way to end them once and for all. When another monster turns up missing they decide that survival means teaming up, and Natalie uses her job connections at the county morgue to gather clues about the murders. Over the course of the story friendships are made, and we even get a dash of romance between a very hunky werewolf and our resident laboratory experiment.
Each monster has a story to tell and while Petersen sticks to the classics for her monster creations, she puts her own twist on the modern version, making this unlike anything you've read before. Part mash-up, part classic movie monster, Club Monstrosity has something for everyone.
The Monsters in Your Neighborhood (book 2) is available this month (July 29)!
*reviewed by Anna