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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Theirs was a secret they’d kill to protect.
Three cracks of thunder. Three reasons to run and hide.
When the lightning illuminated the night, I saw their bloodied faces. They were no longer the boys from next door. As quick as the storm rolled over the neighborhood, a crime of passion was committed, Lucas and Mason Carter dangerously altering the course of all ou
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Published February 9th 2018
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Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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Monsters by Melissa Jane was a fantastic edge of your seat read.
I was going blind with this as I have never read anything by this particular author before.
So Originally I wasn't quite sure where this was going to go in terms of plot.
but it quickly became apparent that there was never going to be a dull moment with this and I was in a constant state of fright at the turn of events throughout.
It was like one of those scary movies where you cant look, but try to catch a glimps
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it


description~WRITING - PLOT - PACE~
While I enjoyed this one a lot, I will admit I was expecting something darker and more twisted. This was pretty much a straightforward psychological thriller with a touch of romance. Albeit a very well written one. It was also very well paced. The plot was very engaging and kept me turning the pages. I will say I figured out what the "twist" was going to be very early on but that didn't take away any from my enjoyment of it. We jump back and forth quite a bit which would
Sammy ❤️Just Let Me Read Blog ❤️
With a storyline that kept me hooked, Monsters by Melissa Jane was a great story packed with heart-pounding suspense. Gemma, Lucas, and Mason's story was one of secrets, violence, an unbreakable bond, and a dangerous obsession.

I am a fan of this author's cartel series, and this story is completely different yet equally intriguing. Jane is a great storyteller, and I like the way she alternated between the past and the present seamlessly. The characters of the story were well developed. I appreci
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just friggin’ wow! I am not sure I can adequately convey my feelings regarding this phenomenal story! It definitely deserves much more than five stars!

Although Monsters is dark, I cried like a kid who discovered Santa doesn’t exist! What in the whole wide word did Melissa Jane do to me? She ripped me to shreds and put me back together again by creating an ending I will never forget! Man I’m drained! I can even admit my review is not making a bit of sense and for that I apologize. I’m discom
Bloggers From Down Under
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
** Provided on behalf of the author for an honest review **
** Review by Gayle from Bloggers From Down Under **

On a dark and stormy night you witness the unthinkable.
Lucas, your best friend.
Mason your enemy.
Brothers, your neighbors covered in blood.
You know what they have done.
But you can't speak of it.
Because you know if you do, then you'll be next.
It's a secret you must bare.
Your life depends on it. 
A case of choosing between life and death. 
It all hangs in the balance. 
So the secret is kept de
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

Psychological thriller with a bit of romance and whole lot of breathe holding.

I am not a stranger to Melissa Jane's work so I was not surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. There were a few things I wanted more of but overall this was a solid and well done book. Monsters was told between past and present when Gemma is unexpected questioned about a body that was just found 10 years after the fact. The questioning brings up a past she has tried to hide, a brother she has been attempting to for
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
It start off slow and I was bored at moments throughout but the elephant in the room kept me motivated to read how it would work out. This was not a dark romance as the dark element was light and romance was brief.

The Carter boys had a tough life growing up. They are neighbors with Gemma and she is Lucas Carter’s best friend. He’s the sweet younger brother to Mason. Mason was angry and controlling and just creepy.

Fast forward 10 years.

Mostly from Gemma’s POV, the past is where most of the clue
Pelusa Rivera
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC at no cost to author.. Can I start with wow, I felt like I was watching a movie where I jumping all the time..Gemma saw something years ago but wasn't sure what, as the brothers Lucas and Mason leave, Mason the evil one threatens her. Years later the cold case is reopened and poor Gemma's life changes because it brings back the evilness..Keeps you on your toes..
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Monsters was hauntingly beautiful read that consumed me from the beginning to the end. Gemma, Lucas & Mason's story is one that is raw, gritty, disturbing and full of secrets. It kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.

As a teenager Gemma lived next door to brothers, Lucas & Mason. One dark and stormy night, she witnesses the unthinkable. Then the next day, the boys leave town never to be seen or heard from again. That is, until ten years later when detectives go
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Monsters is a fantastic story by Melissa Jane. This is quite gripping and full of mystery- it’s a chilling account of murder, obsession, being hunted, lots of danger, shocking abuse, sweet love, heart-breaking grief, fearful stalking, and an incredibly twisted game of cat and mouse. This is my first read by Ms. Jane, and I have to say she nailed the tension and suspense- building the apprehensive feeling superbly. I was on the edge of my seat, avidly reading, trying to figure out what was
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this intense, edge of the seat thriller come love story. It's an unusual book in that amongst the chaos lies, a beautiful love that branches a decade, through the hurt and pain. It still grows and can never be tainted. 

This book drifts backward and forwards in time. Which is needed to get what is really happening. It gives you first hand what happened at the points in time. The Characters are great and although some appear weak, they most defintely aren't. Gemma, Lucas and Maso
She's a Lip Biter
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this intense, edge of the seat thriller come love story. It's an unusual book in that amongst the chaos lies, a beautiful love that branches a decade, through the hurt and pain. It still grows and can never be tainted. 

This book drifts backwards and forwards in time, which is needed to get what is really happening. It gives you first hand what happened at the points in time. The Characters are great and although some appear weak, they most definitely aren't. Gemma, Lucas and Ma
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This 41/2 mind-fuck read really had me flipping pages till I finished it. This book will take you back to ‘then’ and ‘now’ but what really had me was like even though it’s about Gemma, Lucas and Mason I felt like the focus was on more of the obsession than the actual chemistry between the mc’s and it’s why I gave this rating cause it actually took away that most important part. However, the storyline is amazing and the build up of how everything happened to the ending will have you understanding ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Huge disappointment.In the beginning itself I was having difficulty in connecting with the book,writing style was off-putting and I thought maybe it will deepen and somehow get interesting. I was still bored as I progressed and when this novel ended I was still waiting for that marvellous twist to happen.The tone of the main character is very childish infact all the situations felt too dramatised and cut-off from reality.I am so glad this is over.
Die hard fans of mystery and thriller genre pleas
Colleen  (The Book Lover Blog)
4.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Truth: I devoured Monsters in one go. The story is a suspenseful, psychological thriller, served with a side of romance.

The narrative goes back and forth between past and present time. It is clearly indicated at the beginning of each chapter, and it flows smoothly without causing confusion. The story involves three main characters, Gemma, Lucas and Mason.
One brother gives her butterflies, the other gives her the shivers- and not in a good way.
One stormy night, Gemma is lookin
Dawn Porter
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Felt like the author missed the mark to truly create a 'monster'. You got a few snipets but nothing really solid. Enjoyed it but need it more dark and twisted.
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
IMHO this was just an "OK" read. If you're looking for a truly dark, twisted read you won't find it here. It kept me wanting for more, and seemed somewhat predictable. I was waiting for a twist or an "OMG/WTF" moment, but it never came. Maybe this is a YA book and I didn't realize? Or maybe I'm just a sick individual.

With that said, it did keep me reading and wasn't "boring". Just wasn't what I thought it would be.
Bobbi Wagner
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Monsters by Melissa Jane is a suspense-mystery-thriller you won't be able to put down until the last page. This is my first book by this author and I fully enjoyed her writing style. I can't wait to see what other books she has that I can dig into. Her writing style is free flowing, easy reading and pulled me in from the first word. Her attention to details are such that you will feel like you are part of the story. Her characters took me on a journey of twists and turns that I didn't see coming ...more
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
“Truth or dare?”

Truth - this is a dark menacing story of love that warps under pressure of violence and regret. Growing up next door to the Carter brothers Gemma falls madly, deeply in love with the kinder gentler soul whilst the edgier dark brother switches between making her feel safe to making her feel like prey. As the Carter’s lives slowly disintegrate in a whirl wind of domestic abuse and manipulation Gemma feels a chasm grow between them and her heart breaks as each in turn the brothers b
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Lisa Marie ~ Words We Love By

A new to me author and a genre that I am happily returning to, Melissa Jane's Monsters is a thriller about a woman who finds that leaving her agonizing past behind isn't a choice that past is willing to let her do.

Starting with the short but gripping prologue, Monsters tells the story of Gemma, a young woman living in New York and working at an art gallery. Gemma's life is uncomplicated except for her handsy boss and a far cry from her teens spent in Little Valley. Told via the present and
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Monsters is the first book I have read by Melissa Jane, but it wont be the last. This book was amazing and so Intense!! Seriously gave me anxiety the entire first half, but I couldnt put it down. It was so packed with suspense, I never knew what was coming next. The book bounced back and forth between the past and now, but it was done flawlessly, so I had no trouble following the 2 story lines. The transitions were clean, and in the perfect places to fill in the gaps to the current situation.
Beyond The Covers Blog
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romaine
Monsters will captivate you from the very beginning sending you on a wild ride ride of emotions as it spins a twisted, dark web of murder, lies, family betrayal, supense and drama.
When you see a cover up for a murder, you don't dare speak of it unless you want to become the next victim. A secret kept that haunts you every day. A secret that lies in your soul.
Gemma and Lucas have always had a strong bond between them during their teenage years. Whereas Mason, Lucas's brother, would taunt and sc
Anne Milne
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was like watching a scary psychological thriller unfold, each word each scene just pulled me further into the story.

Gemma grew up with the Carter brothers the last time she saw them they had committed a crime. Years later she has her life together, a job she loves a handsome boyfriend she’s happy. The unthinkable happens when the police pay her a visit asking questions about Mason and Lucas.

Through flashbacks we see the friendship between Gemma and Lucas blossom with a volatile Mason
WendyW ~ Girls Just Wanna Have Books

~Forget everything you think you saw.~

Monsters that feed on fragilities, and vulnerabilities. They can be anywhere within society, your neighbor, your teacher, your friend. They are cruel, and do horrific things that can traumatize others.

When innocence is overshadowed and corrupted by such evil it shapes people into what they do and who they become. Gemma, Lucas, and Mason’s story is a representation of the malice that is exhibited from malevolent beings and the residual effects that it creates
Kim Shofner
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book rocks the socks off of you. It couldn't have been more suspenseful even if there was back ground music. Gemma is strong, Lucas is beautiful, and Marcus is just messed up. All together they create a combustible read. Melissa Jane is a new author for me. This definitely won't be my last read for her. This book was too good.
Danielle Harris
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow!

This is my 1st book from this author and it won't be my last. I am in awe right now. This author delivered a very twisty, very suspenseful book. I'm so glad I gave this book a chance. I highly recommend this!

This is about 3 characters Mason Lucas and Gemma! Sit back watch how these characters unfold and enjoy the ride.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Terrifyingly real

I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read this book!
What I loved most about this book is that the story line and characters are all very real, terrifyingly so.
There are some unanswered questions that are bothering me, but forte most part this book is flawless!
Riah Pilling
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The time hop narrative in this book works incredibly well. Within just a couple of chapters you feel close to the characters because you know their history. It adds another layer of feeling and gives you a deeper understanding of the all characters and their actions.

The story centres around an art museum employee who’s past comes back to haunt her and she realises that the past may never have stayed put where it belongs. This dark thriller really does a great job of lulling you into a false sen
Jean Dewsbury
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Monsters come in all shapes and sizes as Gemma Sinclair discovered. Living and growing up as neighbours with Lucas and Mason Carter was both the best and the worst times of her life. Gemma's life was recovering after what she went through until the Monster returned on her 26th birthday when detectives showed up asking about a cold case about 10 years ago. Was what Gemma saw really what happened after all it was 10 years ago and it was a storm she was 16 and scared of the threats against her. Luc ...more
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