The Monster's Daughter by Michelle Pretorius

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The theme of buried secrets impacts both the personal stories and the historical context, but in the end, there is simply too much going on...A promising effort that gets buried under the weight of the past.
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Somewhere on the South African veld, 1901: At the height of the Boer War, a doctor at a British concentration camp conducts a series of grim experiments on Boer prisoners. His work ends in chaos, but two children survive: a boy named Benjamin, and a girl named Tessa …

One hundred years later, a disgraced young police constable is reassigned to the sleepy South African town of Unie, where she makes a terrifying discovery: the body of a woman, burned beyond recognition.

The crime soon leads her into her country's violent past—a past that includes her father, a high-ranking police official under the apartheid regime, and the children left behind in that long ago concentration camp.

Michelle Pretorius’s epic debut weaves present and past together into a hugely suspenseful, masterfully plotted thriller that calls to mind Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls and Tana French’s The Secret Place. With an explosive conclusion, it marks the emergence of a thrilling new writer.


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About Michelle Pretorius

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MICHELLE PRETORIUS was born and raised in South Africa. She received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and is currently a PhD candidate at Ohio University. She has written for numerous publications, including Bookslut, Word Riot, and the Copperfield Review. She is a recipient of the John Schultz and Betty Shiflett prize and lives in Athens, Ohio.
Author Residence: Athens, OH
Author Hometown: South Africa
 
Published July 19, 2016 by Melville House. 464 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jun 14 2016

The theme of buried secrets impacts both the personal stories and the historical context, but in the end, there is simply too much going on...A promising effort that gets buried under the weight of the past.

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