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The Monster: A First-Person Psychological Crime Thriller by [Josh Soule]
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5 Out of 5 Stars
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Monster by Josh Soule is the story of a simple young man who finds out that life has a heavy hand to play and it might be against him. This is the story of a man who has always been at odds with himself and the world. He is a college student who doesn't really have great relationships, especially with the women in his life. While he doesn't have any feelings for his ex-girlfriend, he gets jealous and angry when he sees his best friend with her during a Halloween party. However, things take a sinister turn when they are attacked by a person dressed as a puppet and he is blamed for it. Things escalate quickly, people are now turning up dead, and it appears that he is being blamed for everything. He thinks that running away from his problems is the best solution, but his problems are not going away. What is he to do now? 

The novel starts slow and steady, but it picks up momentum suddenly after the third or fourth chapter. From the very beginning, the author made sure to introduce the complex protagonist in the best way possible and allow the reader to make assumptions. The author kept the protagonist unnamed yet gave us enough ammo to create an image of the character in our minds. This was incredible. Absurd yet perfect for the modern literature category, this short novel has the tools to surprise and scare you just a tiny bit to get you invested and have you craving more. 

At first, I found the almost monotonous tone used by narrator Scott Cluthe a little confusing, but as he read on, I realized that he was portraying the protagonist in the best way possible. The cadence of his voice, his tone and the way he enunciated the words made the character and the danger very real. I was actually a tiny bit startled when suddenly his tone became excited and almost anxious about something, which made me wary of what was going to happen next. Scott Cluthe did an amazing job of portraying a nameless character and giving it so much strength. This is a psychological thriller at its best! An absolute gem!
4 Out of 5 Stars
Reviewed By Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
"Once in every generation, a monster awakens." In The Monster by Josh Soule, a college student is having a rocky relationship with his mother, still pining for his ex-girlfriend, and feels betrayed by his friend when he sees them together at a Halloween mixer. When a stranger - who is dressed as a puppet - hurts the couple, the protagonist is framed for the aggression, which is the beginning of his series of misfortunes. The nameless protagonist, who's also the narrator, considered himself unlucky compared to others; a 'disease' where bad things often happen to him. The one he dubbed the 'Puppet Man' is the biggest ill luck he has ever encountered, and trying to solve his problem by running away made me question his decision more than once. 

Soule's short novel seemed to be a slow burn at first, but things start to escalate for the character pretty quickly. One of the characters, Professor Jackson, says this to the protagonist, "The decisions you make today set the path for tomorrow." He finds it "oddly comforting and soothing". There are similar quotes with the same meaning but I find Jackson's is more straightforward and better worded. As a reader, it had a profound motivating effect on me as well. From start to finish, I was emotionally invested in the story and the characters. The Monster is probably the perfect epitome of someone being in the wrong place and at the wrong time. However, this intriguing psychological crime drama has a twist in the end. Overall, this is a solid debut from Josh Soule.

From the Author

A college student has a strained relationship with his mother and ex-girlfriend. When he sees his ex and best friend together at a Halloween Mixer, he becomes enraged.
Things turn when a mysterious, puppet-themed student attacks the couple, leaving the protagonist seemingly to blame.
Things escalate quickly, and the narrator soon finds himself framed for murder at the hands of the "Puppet Man".
He decides to go on the run, and finds himself in the company of misfits and criminals while seemingly being stalked by the killer. He believes the criminal overseer may be an opportunity to clear his name and prove his innocence before he winds up in jail, or worse.

Product details

  • Publication date : January 26, 2019
  • File size : 354 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 85 pages
  • ASIN : B07N59WCJP
  • Language: : English
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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