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Monsters Among Us

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  26 reviews
When Catherine Ellers returns home after her first semester at college, she is seeking refuge from a night she can barely piece together, dreads remembering, and refuses to talk about. She tries to get back to normal, but just days later the murder of someone close to her tears away any illusion of safety.

Catherine feels driven to face both violent events head on in hopes
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Crown Books for Young Readers
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Aug 02, 2020 rated it liked it
So, initially I thought I was all in with this one and was sure that it was going to be a 5 star.

I finished this awhile ago...and couldn't get around to writing my review for it. Now, looking back I couldn't really remember the main storyline for it. Hmm.. I guess that's a sign that this wasn't something that was that memorable for me.

Monster Among Us has two different storylines going on here... and unfortunately the author didn't do that well of a job converging the two. Catherine has been ra
Angela Branham
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Catherine, college freshman, is a survivor of sexual assault, at least she thinks she is; most of the night is a still a blur. She heads home to find comfort--only to find another brutal tragedy. She is compelled to help with the investigation; she can't just stand by helplessly.
I had to stay up late reading this one because I could not put it down! Riveting, tragic, and true-to-life.
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
I struggled a bit with Monsters Among Us, the early chapters promised a unique read, but the further in I got, the more I felt as though I'd read the book before. There are two 'mystery' storylines that run alongside each other, but the serious sexual assault ends up really overshadowed by the murder plot, and I felt that was a shame as it almost seemed to be thrown in there for no real reason. I also guessed the 'twist' super early on, within the first 10% at least, and I always find that ruins ...more
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars / 5

Monsters Among Us is not an easy book to read. I knew going into it that it dealt with sexual assault, so that wasn’t a surprise. However, the main character, Catherine, understandably has internalized a lot of the misogyny that society imparts on women who have been raped, and this and some of the other feelings of Catharine’s that pop up early on in Monica Rodden‘s debut novel compound the emotional impact of the story. Keep this in mind if you’re interested in YA thrillers with a
Shelly Shaffer
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is Monica Rodden's debut YA novel. Dealing with sexual assault and the trauma that accompanies it, the main character, Catherine, goes home for the holidays after being gang raped after a party. She doesn't remember what happened, but when a young man who witnessed part of the attack brings her coat to her home, she starts to think about the missing pieces.

In the midst of her recovery, a young girl in the town in murdered, and Catherine tries to investigate what happened and who to blame.
Dena (Batch of Books)
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, ya
I love reading young adult mysteries and thrillers, so this was right up my alley. It's about a girl named Catherine who goes home for the winter break after her first semester at college. She survived a sexual assault a few weeks before returning home, and she is still shaken from it. When a close friend is murdered, Catherine's world is turned upside down again. She teams up with a childhood friend and a mysterious new boy to figure out what happened.
This book is twisty, dark, and full of sur
Gina Adams
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for access to an early copy!!

This book really came out of left field for me. I hadn’t heard about it at all!! It’s a book about sexual assault/rape, male entitlement to so much more than they deserve from a girl, and grief and healing. There’s not much at all that’s non-spoiler that I can say, but the mystery aspect of the story definitely eases the heaviness of the rape, even though the mystery is that of another girl’s murder. I guess it just gives Cather
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

So, initially I thought I was going to rate this pretty highly, but I finished it a few days ago and couldn't even convince myself to write anything about it. I was strangely ambivalent. And now, 2 days later, I almost couldn't even remember what the main story line was, so clearly it wasn't something that stayed with me. Part of this might be due to the fact that this walks t
Clearly inspired in part by Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, this book follows college freshman Catherine Ellers after she returns home from Christmas break after a sexual assault. She has no memory of exactly what happened, but she remembers washing blood from her body and leaving someone's dorm room. Although she tries to deny its effects on her, clearly, Catherine is shaken up, so disturbed that she has flashbacks and seriously considers not returning to school. She spends time with Amy Port ...more
Actual rating 2.5 stars
Catherine’s first semester at college ended with her stumbling from a dorm room, her dress on backward and blood streaming between her legs. When she gets home for Christmas, she finds distraction with her childhood friend Henry and the girl she used to nanny for, Amy. Then, Andrew shows up with her coat and ID: items left behind in her rush to leave the dorm room. His appearance sparks faint memories and recollections, things she’d rather stay buried. But when a body is f
Kathy Martin
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I almost quit reading this book very shortly after I began it. I was afraid that I would be spending a book caught in the traumatized memory of the main character. And she was traumatized! Catherine Ellers was raped after drinking too much and attending a party. She doesn't remember much about the experience. She sees the bruises and knows she washed away blood. She can't remember and both does and doesn't want to remember. Since it is just before Christmas Break, she comes home where her parent ...more
Miesha (BookedAnBusy)
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book opens ominously. You are aware that something has happened, and we meet Catherine, a college student, who is trying to piece together events that happened at a party.

Told in multiple points of view, Catherine’s dad can barely look at her, and Catherine’s mom was tiptoeing around her. Immediately, I wanted to know what had happened at this party. I felt for Catherine not knowing what had happened to her, and trying to figure out exactly what happened that awful night. It made me sad th
Jan 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I was distraught when I finished this book. It was too murky for me to be liked. At first, I was
thrilled that this is going to be a good mystery book for me but it was not.

As the synopsis have had told, the protagonist—Catherine Ellers- was raped and had no
memory of it. She was just left with the memory of her dress on backward and blood flowing on
her legs. What happened to her also traumatized me and felt nothing but pity over Catherine.
But the story was quickly shifted to Amy. Catherine was us
Jul 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Catherine returns home from college in shambles, she's been sexually assaulted but doesn't really remember the details. While at home recovering and deciding what to do about the next semester she reconnects with Henry, a childhood friend, and Amy the little girl that she often takes care of during the summer.

Then, something else horrible happens and while the whole community is shaken by the events, Andrew Worthington shows up with Catherine's coat, wallet, and ID. Catherine, Andrew, and Henry
Gabrielle Maria Subroto
I thought it was interesting when I first read about the synopsis. Mystery, adventure and murder all in one. So I thought to try and read it. Turns out it's not as awesome or as interesting as the synopsis.

For me, it felt kind of boring at first and I was constantly questioning the connection between the murder and Catherine's lost memory.
In the end, it feels like there are two storyline and the ending didn't really give much satisfaction to me.
Although I must say I did not see that coming fo
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an ARC of this chilling book! Monsters Among Us is the story of a girl who gets raped in college, and how she deals with that, while also investigating the death of a child in her community. The story is mainly told from Catherine's perspective, but there are small parts told from the perspective of other characters as well, which I felt overall worked very well, and gave some more depth to all the characters in the b ...more
Sandy O'Brien
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Crown Books for the e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

“...One, no one always tells the truth, and two, sometimes people lie for good reasons.”

Catherine comes home from college at Christmas break after experiencing a trauma. She is already struggling when one of the girls she used to babysit turns up missing and is found dead.

Catherine and two others are trying to figure out who the killer is on their own without the help of the police. Things start to get a
Emily Dewar
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read this entire book in one sitting! It addresses themes of sexual assault, so of course it was dark, but it was also real without elements of gratuitous shock value that I've seen from other authors addressing this topic. It also had just enough twists and turns, without being unbelievable or losing the plot. Many of the characters that I started out disliking were my favorites by the end, and vice versa. Overall a great read from a debut author! As an added bonus, in her acknowledgements, t ...more
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Catherine was celebrating the end of her first semester at college when a night out turns violent. She wakes up in a strange room, bleeding and disoriented and obviously a victim of rape. Catherine rushed home to her parents, the safety of her small town, and familiar rituals. As tries to cope with her new reality, a bigger tragedy strikes her small town. Amy, a twelve year old who Catherine babysat for years, is found murdered, and Catherine's personal struggles take a backseat to the loss of t ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm going to start by saying I almost put down this book after 100 pages. I wasn't getting into the pacing or the story very much; however, I am so glad I continued reading. It was overall pretty enjoyable. I really liked Catherine's development alongside Henry and Andrew. Catherine's tragic past mixed with her tragic present made for an interesting read. Parts of the story remained very unfinished and seemed unnecessary, like her paper, but those could be overlooked while reading. I would recom ...more
Sarah Busch
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Monsters Among Us is an emotional thriller, centering on a college freshman, Catherine. There are multiple mysteries happening concurrently during the novel, and several red herrings for each mystery, so it feels chockablock full of action. There was one or two characters that I felt were too unbelievable, but it did not detract from the overall storyline. There are triggers, especially concerning sexual assault and emotionally abusive relationships.
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought the author did a good job handling a serious, sensitive topic (the rape at college) then pivoted to the mystery aspect of the story. The writer was able to build the tension throughout the book and the plot was good, including an unexpected twist. Definitely not an escapist read! But a good one if you're in the mood to handle the serious backdrop of the story. ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
*This book was given to me by the author to give an honest review in return*

This was an enjoyable mystery/thriller novel. Catherine returns from her 1st semester of college with no explanation of why and is trying to remember what happened that day. There is a murder in town and Catherine gets help from her childhood friend, Henry, and a stranger named Andrew. The beginning of the book was a little hard to get into. But a short while after, I was hooked and couldn't stop reading. I enjoyed the a
Kimberly Rein
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
This one didn't keep my interest. I wanted to know who the killer was, but I could have skipped chapters and not missed anything. ...more
Megan Fortas
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Nancy Garland
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I usually don’t read mysteries or thrillers much, but this one came recommended to me. I found this book really captivating and the suspense was great.

Catherine, Henry, and Andrew became a team to aid in solving a mystery. The story flowed beautifully, with some unexpected characters and events, and many secrets and lies. I just couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait to read more of Ms. Rodden’s books!
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