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Monster

Novel by Guy Fraser 1981.

Not really a horror novel, this has 'thriller' stamped on the cover and is actually a mystery/adventure. But when the book is titled Monster and is set on a Scottish loch with a plot based around the 'there's something in the lake' idea, it's certainly of relevance here. After a frogman is discovered dead on the shore of Loch Ree, a small loch only five miles long, the police clamp down on tight the investigation. Naturally people start getting interested and Jim Mitchell and Kathy Roberts, two journalists who meet at the local hotel, start looking into the death. We have a government-run freshwater research centre, a number of disappearances and the abiding myth of the each uisge, a Scottish water horse. And the bodies keep piling up.

Well written with frequent twisting and turning of plot, this investigative thriller does get confusing on occasion, but never gets boring. Too short for the breadth of storyline, we get plenty of dialogue but very little background information. The characters are good, if not too fleshed out, but they sometimes seem to be mere devices out of an Agatha Christie-style plot setup. Minor but satisfying.


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