The Monsters We Deserve Book Cover The Monsters We Deserve
Marcus Sedgwick
6th September 2018

Do monsters always stay in the book where they were born? Are they content to live out their lives on paper, and never step foot into the real world?’

The Villa Diodati, on the shore of Lake Geneva, 1816: the Year without Summer. As Byron, Polidori, and Mr and Mrs Shelley shelter from the unexpected weather, old ghost stories are read and new ghost stories imagined. Born by the twin brains of the Shelleys isĀ Frankenstein, one of the most influential tales of horror of all time.

In a remote mountain house, high in the French Alps, an author broods on Shelley’s creation. Reality and perception merge, fuelled by poisoned thoughts. Humankind makes monsters; but who really creates who? This is a book about reason, the imagination, and the creative act of reading and writing. Marcus Sedgwick’s ghostly, menacing novel celebrates the legacy of Mary Shelley’s literary debut in its bicentenary year.

REVIEW – The cover for this book really drew me in, then the blurb it sounded all gothic and full of horror. Then i got to reading the book, yes it is filled with gothic images and characters who manage to get under your skin. But overall i was left not connecting with the book. There was something that just did not let me connect fully with the story and i cannot put my finger on it. A well told and imaginative story with a good writing style, first book i have read from this author and i may look into their other books at some point