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Monstrous

(Blood of Cain #1)

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Frankie Mourning died on a Thursday. Then she came back.

Tasked with killing the killers – people with the blood of Cain running through their veins – Frankie always gets her murderer. But this time it's different. This time she has to go home. Something strange is happening in Helmville, Montana. People are dying at an alarming rate, and the sheriff is ruling them all acci
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Kindle Edition, 417 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Hellzapoppin Press
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Jenny Whetzel
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting book, certainly plenty of action to keep the reader intrigued. I think I will have to reread this again though as certain times I became a little confused. And I wonder if the reason for that being is I don't know much in the bible. Maybe it was just me that was a little confused? Even though I was a little confused, I still had difficulty putting it down. I would suggest this more to young adult than teen due to the violence, swearing and sex. I certainly didn't mind it and f ...more
Kelly
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

This dark horror thriller is nearly 500 pages, although while reading you don't even notice that. The main character Frankie has just woken up after being put to death for multiple murders. She's been tasked by an unseen entity to rid the world of evildoers. The initial murders she committed were of her family, albeit possessed family members. She's given names to hunt down those criminals (serial killers etc) the entity commands.

To say she's a bit angry is an understatement, especia
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Shawn Remfrey
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
If you're a fan of the television show Supernatural, you're sure to love this book. Frankie, our main character, has all of the attributes of the beloved Dean Winchester. If you've seen the episodes where he has the mark of Cain, you'll really identify with her. 'I killed him. I liked it. I feel guilty about liking it, but not guilty enough not to do it again.' This sort of tossing back and forth is what makes her such a lovable character. Her most endearing quality is that she's human (sort of) ...more
Emily Maynard
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This thing was bloody fantastic and I loved it. The cover art was beautiful as well. Many, many thanks go to the author for setting me up with a copy of this wonderful book in exchange for an honest review.

Frankie Mourning was executed by the state for the crime of killing her mother and sister, despite her protests that the things wearing her family's’ faces were nothing like human. She was resurrected three days later, her autopsy scar barely holding together. Frankie is a fascinating anti-he
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Kelli Smith
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes dark fiction including paranormal fiction
I just finished Monstrous by J.L. Murray. I was excited to see it early this morning on my Kindle and couldn't put it down. I loved the complex character of Frankie Mourning and her history that we kept seeing more of throughout the book. I thought I knew what was going on but definitely was surprised about half way through. It is very full of action, surprises, but also of character building. You can feel Frankie's emotions at times because the author has written such a riveting story, you get ...more
Monica
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
READ THIS BOOK!
This is not a genre I usually read but it so happens that J.L. Murray is one of my favorite authors and I opened page 1. Whatever you might be thinking from the blurb, forget it, that ain´t it! This book is completely unpredictable and with endless plot twists, great writing, wonderful characters and beautifully dark. The original story line is amazing and most unexpected and worth every minute spent reading. Good editing.
Gwen
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't know what more I can say about this book except I loved every deliciously, devilishly dark page of this book, without any really "good" guys, this is the book for all the dark souls out there that get a bit tired of the all the candy floss - think of this as palate cleanser before christmas
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Madame
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dark, tragic and full of adult themes/language. This gritty tale is a page turner full of demonic possession, horrific life altering situations and a who's who of Damnation's original characters bent on humanity's destruction. Full of double take moments, cheap hotels, blood spilling and a twisted love story to boot, this shocking story is hard to put down. ...more
Christine Hayes
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. Monstrous is dark, gritty and enthralling. Frankie Mourning is a complex woman, who has many secrets. Was sad to see I had finished. But, I know Murray has many more delights coming for her fans.
Shannie
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-obsession
Can't wait to read the next book!!!! ...more
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Jan 04, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Tina Courts
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was not sure what to think at first as it’s different then what I usually read. Yet I could not put the nook down as it caught my imagination. Found it to be intriguing and full of mystery and suspense. Can’t wait to read the next book and find out what will happen next.
nora m malotte
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This SUPERNATURAL THRILLER gives you a choice, choose your side. Choose CAIN or ABEL! The brothers are still fighting for supremacy. Abel did NOT STAY DEAD. He is one of GODS SUPER CREATIONS. You have to decide if in fact Cain is the evil one or if perhaps BOTH brothers have somehow failed. One brother has brought a woman back from death to do his monstrous biddings. She is so successful at it that one or both brothers are in danger of HER WRATH . A TREMENDOUSLY ENTERTAINING READ I TOTALLY RECOM ...more
Devann
actual rating: 3.5

I've been finding it hard to get into urban fantasy lately but I really liked this one. I think this author does a good job of combining a lot of very common urban fantasy elements with things that are a bit more out there and original like her take on the biblical mythology in this one to make it feel interesting and not just like you're reading the same book over and over again.

[edit 7/16/20: Even though I liked this book at the time I've decided not to go on and read the ne
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Susan
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, horror, supernatural
Keeping this short and sweet, I loved everything about this book. I am so looking forward to the second in the series.
The only issue I had was that Frankie's Challenger occasionally became a Charger...
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Nicola
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Classic Jl Murray! Lots of mystery, darkness and pathos. Fantastic characters as always. 4.25 stars.
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Anne Marie Izzo
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent!

I wish I could give this more than 5 stars! A well written story that grabs you and won't let you down! I can't wait to read Book 2 which I will do when I finish this review! The characters are well developed, interesting and freaky all at the same time!!! You will be wishing for more at the end. BUY IT NOW!!
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Cynthia R.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood of Cain Book 1

Wow. This story gives a totally different outlook of what we are taught in Bible study. It is worked in a way that it could have been true. Loved this book and I totally recommend it. Now looking forward to book 2.
Emma Que
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing adventure with a bloody twist

I've never read anything quite like it. The story is riveting and the use of the Cain and Abel figures is unique
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Lady
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Darkness Within

•••NOT for the homophobic, transphobic, closed minded or feint of heart!•••



This series must be read in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to read Hoarfrost!



Frankie has never been the same as everyone else. Not even when she was a kid. Something happened to her sister... And noone believed her. They said it was a dream. Then something happened to her mom. They were strange and evil and she was scared all the time. After the killed her father right in front of her, she
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J.L. Murray is the author of the Niki Slobodian series (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, The Devil Is a Gentleman, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Devil Was an Angel, and The Devil's Backbone), The Thirteen series (Jenny Undead and Eat the Ones You Love), After the Fire, Blood Day, and the Blood of Cain series (Monstrous).

Murray is a firm believer that horror can be beautiful, and
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