No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt

Published by Chicken House, 2022.

No Place for Monsters is a thrilling horror story with a deliciously disturbing plot and villains that are the stuff of nightmares.

It’s set in the ordinary suburban town of Cowslip Grove. Except not everything is ordinary. Extraordinary things have started to happen which only our heroes – Levi and Kat – have noticed. The town’s children are disappearing and they’re not just going missing, they’re vanishing from people’s memories too; it’s as if they never existed at all. It’s up to Levi and Kat to unravel the mystery and find the missing children.

The book is half-written, half-graphic novel and this gives it huge appeal. It’s really engaging and accessible: perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and any readers who get put off by longer chapter books. The illustrations – also by the author – are amazing! They’re dark and twisted and really rather unsettling. I certainly wouldn’t like to meet Rafer Frost (the beak-nosed baddie from the cover).

I loved the Stranger Things vibes: monsters who lurk below the ground, missing children, and sinister scheming which threatens the whole town. No Place for Monsters is tense and terrifying and perfect in the run-up to Halloween.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged aged 8+

Thank you to Chicken House for sending me this book to review.

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