Published by Simon and Schuster Pages: 454
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These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me.
So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthorpe, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.
A gothic tour de force that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does man become the very thing he hunts?
Prologue: June 2007
The director of facilities was a small man with ruddy cheeks and dark, deep-set eyes, his prominent forehead framed by an explosion of cottony white hair, thinning as it marched toward the back of his head, cowlicks rising from the mass like waves moving towards the slightly pink island of his bald spot.
These are secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed.
What I thought of this book
So I decided to read this one after featuring it on Instagram from my TBR pile. I have always wanted to read it just never got around to it and well it was a very strange and wordy read.
Will Henry is a young boy who works for Dr. Pellinore Warthorpe, who is a monstrumologist. He is a bit deranged and obsessed with the strange and unknown. In this book it’s a creature called the Anthropophagi. It has human like body but no head and it’s mouth and stuff on like in it shoulder blades or something like that. Weird right!
The discover of this Anthropophagi happens when a man brings a dead one to the dr., later they find out there are more of them. Instead of telling someone right away about this discovery he thought he had time because they don’t normally start feeding for a few more days. A family is attacked and slaughtered all but one, Malachi.
The Dr. had already called for a monster hunter, though he can’t stand the guy. He arrives just in time to join the hunt and so a constable and one of his men, the Dr., Will Henry, Malachi and the hunter go and track down where they think the nest is.
Monstrumologist really reminds me of one of those cheesy sci-fi monster movies that we all just love to watch..lol.
I feel so sorry for poor little Will Henry, it was always go do this, grab that, snap to Will Henry, snap to! He was probably the most likable character of them all. The story is based on his journals of his time with Dr. Warthorpe. The Doctor to me is deranged and a bit mental, and I don’t really like him though he does mean well at times. I hate the hunter Kearn and this quote pretty much sums him up.
At one point in the book I really wanted the monster to eat him!! That is how much I despised that man.
My only real complaint is that it is really wordy and I think it could have had some cut out and still been a decent book. I kind of skip through parts and still knew what was going on. I really did like the concept though and I am kind of curious about the other books in the series but I probably won’t be picking one up any time soon.
If you like wordy monster books then give this one a try! 🙂
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Summer COYER