Day 80: Monster by Bridget Clerkin
Summary From Goodreads:
A dark and savage story about a mother struggling to keep her family together amid unsettling events: the family dog goes missing, her teenage daughter has become increasingly rebellious, and a bloated, unidentifiable animal corpse washes up on the local beach.
As her two younger children hang up missing dog posters around the neighborhood, she discovers that a class ring identical to one worn by her old flame was found in the mysterious creature, and now the local news and her children are beginning to ask questions.
Bridget Clerkin’s Monster is the chilling story of a mother who leaves the monsters of her bad relationships in the past–but has to face the reality that her children are unable to forget the scars left behind.
It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!
If you read the summary from Goodreads and then read the novella, Monster, you might be a bit confused, don’t worry, it isn’t just you. The last part specifically is not represented in the piece. It isn’t the scars from the past that are haunting any of the children, it is the present and the issues that they are going through then. It isn’t like the 2-year-old remembers any of that, and the other younger child wouldn’t remember much, if any, of the bad times either. The older daughter, Lena, may have dealt with some rough times when her mother wasn’t altogether or there for her, but that doesn’t give her credence to be the whiny brat that she is. She isn’t a likable character, and with her messing with her younger siblings she loses any understanding or pity she might have received for the troubles she had experienced.
The story is rather predictable, but it ends quite abruptly. There is no way to know what will happen to the mom or her kids at all and if you do manage to invest emotionally in any of the characters in this short piece than that can leave you a bit sore. I can’t deny that Monster is an interesting read, but it isn’t a light one to breeze through like many of the novellas I’ve read. If you want a more serious story that deals with some real life issues than Monster could be the piece for you. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 81!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #80/365