The Monster: A First-Person Psychological Crime Thriller Kindle Edition
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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!
"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
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.
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #854,636 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Monster follows a young college student who has strained relationships with his mother, best friend, and ex-girlfriend. When an attack from an unknown puppet-themed assailant at a Halloween party leaves the protagonist seemingly at fault, he decides to flee rather than face consequences.
This starts a chain reaction of bad luck for the protagonist, who soon finds himself the perceived perpetrator of more crimes committed by the now titled "Puppet Man".
The clock is ticking before the protagonist finds himself in jail or dead, unless he can clear his name before it's too late.
The story has a unique story plot and moves at a pace that is fast and engaging. The plot is well-thought out and highly suspenseful. It keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat and makes it hard to put the book down. The story is also rather thought-provoking as the reader gains insights of the struggle and internal turmoil that the protagonist has to deal with — does he flee or risk his life staying to face his monster?
An exciting and entertaining read that I would recommend to all fans of psychological thrillers.
The concept of this engaging, yet frightening, book is duplicity – a very well written psychological drama by a man who understands behavior eccentricities and how to recognize them. Though the book is short – 92 pages – Josh has signaled his significant presence in the realm of mystery/suspense fiction with bravado.
A clue that this is a unique novel is apparent in opening the book with a Chapter Zero in which we meet the principal character through a memory fog. ‘When I was a boy the world was much simpler. I knew what I was taught, in school or by my family, and what wasn’t taught could be learned through exploration and discovery. Emotions were much simpler too. Joy, sadness, and fear – that chill that crept down your spine when it was dark and you were alone, when you were lost and couldn’t find your mom, or the uncertainty of an individual noise in the night. After all, fear of the unknown is the only true form of fear – if we knew how something would turn out, there would be no need to be afraid. It’s funny how a million thoughts could run through my mind in a second, and usually at the times that made the least amount of sense…’ The mind of the character is presented so well that this ‘chapter’ is most rewarding to re-read after the adventure of completing this novel!
The story demands we remain ‘in the dark’ until the denouement: giving away too much of the plot would be a disservice to the potential reader. Josh knows this, and has provided his own version of a synopsis that is safe to read: ‘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.’ But who is the Puppet Man…?
The manner in which Josh unveils his mystery is masterful. The impact of the story is satisfying not only as a mystery, but also as a psychodrama. This is an excellent introduction to an author of significant promise. Recommended. Grady Harp, July 19