Please note that I received this book via NetGalley. This did not affect my rating or review.
Eh. I tried to get into this. I gave up halfway through and just grudgingly finished this thing over a period of like four weeks. Bah. It had a great premise, it just got boring to me halfway through. And then I kept finding other books to read instead. Maybe if I hadn’t started King’s “The Institute” (nope still not done) and seen some similar themes here, it would have grabbed me. Honestly it reminds me a lot of La Valle’s “The Devil in Silver” with too many themes going on to settle on just one main thread.
“We Are Monsters” follows a a troubled psychiatrist Dr. Alex Drexler who starts to do experimental trails on the criminally insane at the asylum he works at. This ties into a serial killer who just arrives, Crosby Nelson, and of course bad consequences emerge. I didn’t really like anyone in this because any doctor with a God complex is always going to start some shit. Honestly parts of this book reminds me a bit of old school Koontz with his whole debate about science moving faster than humanity and the consequences that emerge.
There are other characters in this book, Dr. Eli Alpert, Angela, of course Dr. Drexler and Crosby (woo boy that name). I just didn’t care after a while what was going on with anyone though.
The writing was stilted after a while and some of the sentences made me scratch my head. Since this was an ARC, maybe the final version gets more polished. The flow just gets dragged down after a while too. I maybe went okay then, can we please move on like a dozen times.
The book definitely reads like a Southern Gothic novel I have to say. It’s usually one of my fav genres. I just got bored and didn’t feel wholly engaged by the time we get to the ending.