There is nothing better than a good creature feature…
Especially when it is as well-written, exciting and chilling as this one. And of course, Moncrieff spares no gore.
Monsters in Our Wake (Release Date: February 28, 2017)
In the idyllic waters of the South Pacific lurks a dangerous and insatiable predator, a monster whose bloodlust and greed threatens the very survival of our planet.
Thousands of miles from the nearest human settlement, deep on the ocean floor, the creatures have lived for millennia. But when an oil drill bursts through their lair, Nøkken attacks, damaging the drilling ship’s engine, trapping the desperate crew.
The longer the humans remain in Nøkken’s territory, struggling to repair their ailing ship, the more confrontations occur between the two species. When the death toll rises, the crew turns on each other, and marine geologist Flora Duchovney realizes the scariest monsters aren’t below the surface.
Here’s a writer that gives us just what we need. What I mean is that Moncrieff gets us right into the crux of the story without any fluff. Her descriptions are vivid and well-placed. What’s really impressive is how she creates a pretty large cast of different characters without overwhelming the reader. There’s a gradual reveal as we naturally get to know them. Moncrieff doesn’t need to give us the full back story of everyone, but gives us enough to get an understanding of what makes them tick. We get a lot through the realistic and colorful dialogue.
Moncrieff shifts POV between a couple of the crew members, as well as that of one of the sea monsters. I really enjoyed the creativity in that perspective. Another thing I really appreciated is the way the author employs a subtle commentary on gender roles. On the ship, Flora battles the rest of the crew and their inability to handle her being the only woman onboard—it really gets ugly at times. Her character arc involves her sense of herself and her feminine characteristics. These qualities are viewed negatively by most of her fellow crewmembers, but end up really being her greatest strength.
On the flip side, the sea monster bewails the fact that his wife is more powerful than he is. He plays second fiddle to her for most of the story, but things take a turn as he comes to terms with what he is and what he must do at the close of the novel.
For horror fans, there is a lot of gore to be gobbled up on these pages. There’s also a constant sense of dread as we wonder if the crew is going to survive the ancient creatures’ plot to destroy them all. A few chilling scenes are when the monsters show themselves to the crew, often with grisly results.
Being an environmentalist at heart, I can’t help but see this as a cautionary tale about what happens when man attempts to disrupt the balance of nature for their own monetary gain.
Get yourself a copy of this gripping story and follow Moncrieff and her other dark works of fiction. You won’t be disappointed.
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About the Author
Raised in the far north amid Jack London’s world of dog sleds and dark winters, J.H. Moncrieff has been a professional writer all of her adult life.
Harlequin recently conducted a worldwide search for “the next Gillian Flynn” to launch their new line of psychological thrillers, and Moncrieff was one of two authors selected. Her novella, The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave, was featured in Samhain’s Childhood Fears collection and stayed on their horror bestsellers list for over a year.
During her journalism career, Moncrieff tracked down snipers and canoed through crocodile-infested waters. She has published hundreds of articles in national and international magazines and newspapers.
When she’s not writing, she loves to travel to exotic locations, advocate for animal rights, and muay thai kickbox.