A multilayered novel … a gruesome, dark, and weighty story that never obscures the fact that the main character is, indeed, a monster.


Finch’s fancy vocabulary and occasionally affected formality never obscure his interior monster. A grisly reflection on human nature.

—Kirkus Reviews

A brilliantly uncomfortable place for readers to spend almost 800 pages.


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Utterly riveting—Grade: A. (One of the Top 10 Books of 2015)

Entertainment Weekly

A splendidly rendered, macabre picaresque—muscular and tender, imaginative and grotesque, cynical yet deeply moving.

—Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Retains a sheen of elegance even as it repulses readers with macabre imagery.

Kirkus Reviews

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Del Toro and Kraus have deftly forged a thrilling, nightmare-inducing, monstrous world that’s just as dangerous as the trials and tribulations of middle school.

— Tony DiTerlizzi, The Spiderwick Chronicles

A thrilling, bloody, twisted, weirdo blockbuster of a book.

The Globe and Mail

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The demon offspring of Stephen King’s The Shining and Hitchcock’s Psycho.

— Michael Grant

Daniel Kraus writes raw and deft and dangerous. Consider yourself warned.

— Adele Griffin

A memorably brutal assault on the senses, not for the fainthearted or delicate.

Publishers Weekly

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Uncompromising, dark, and true.

— Guillermo del Toro & Chuck Hogan

A cerebral romp through a fascinating, revolting underworld.

Kirkus Reviews

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Utterly unique from the very first line.

— Joshua Ferris

Beneath the terror and the thrills, there is *truth* in this haunting tale.  It pierced my heart straight through.

— Lauren Myracle

A chilling, enthralling, and poignant look at the bridge to adulthood.

San Francisco Book Review

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