Sunday, August 10, 2014

Book Review - The Monster by Mandy Baker

The Monster (Alex and Liz, #2)
by Mandy Baker
Published 2014

246 Pages

Only a year after Alex and Liz's last big expedition, Alex becomes increasingly curious about strange events occurring in a secluded village in the Amazon. Despite Liz's protests, Alex sets off on his own to solve the mystery of The Monster. Soon, he realizes he's in over his head, as strange occurrences surface from the moment he reaches the small South American village. And now, with a car trying to run him off the road, things are getting stranger by the minute.

Surrounded by peculiar events, and without a viable plan, Alex calls on his friend Bob, who agrees to send help. But once help arrives, things get even stranger. With mournful sounds in the night, and odd behavior exhibited by the villagers, Alex discovers more questions than answers. There are secrets deep in the jungle, and all of Alex's courage is about to be tested. But will he uncover the truth and defeat The Monster? And who will make it out alive?

I kept turning the pages, and was eager to see what was around the next bend! I would have liked to get to know the characters better, but imagine their backstory was covered in book one. For the most part, the author does a nice job, with regard to filling in gaps on important details. Some additional descriptives would have helped me to decide for myself how magnificent things were, as Alex made his way through the jungle. Still, the tale was intriguing, with a well paced plot plot, and plenty of twists and turns!

If you enjoy mystery and adventure set in an exotic location -- over waterfalls, and through hidden caves -- this is the book for you! Although this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend starting with book one to get the full story.

Available on Amazon

Reviewed by Stephanie



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