Review: A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

A Cosmology of Monsters is described as a literary horror novel, which isn’t a bad description. The plotting is strong, especially for a first novel, but I found the writing style barren and unemotional. I got used to it by the end, but it did feel like I was reading a newspaper account rather than a literary novel.

The book keeps a sense of dread throughout, people keep disappearing, the tension is ratcheted up well. I was hoping for a big ending, which didn’t work for me. I was expecting explanations, conclusions, but I found the lack of clarity in the ending unsatisfactory.

Still, a solid 4 stars, and an author to look out for. I’m sure the quote from Stephen King on the cover will ensure this book finds its way into many homes.

Book supplied by Netgalley for an honest review.

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