Last year, Lauren Beukes burst onto the playing field of crime fiction with her novel, The Shining Girls. While that work was by no means her debut, it was the first that could be classified (predominantly) as a tale of crime – in that book’s case, the story of a time-traveling serial killer. But, as is her trademark, The Shining Girls was also much more than a crime novel. That trend of mixing genres continues in Lauren Beukes’ newest release, Broken Monsters.
Near the beginning of Melissa Marr’s new novel, Made For You, Eva Tilling wakes up after being the victim in a pedestrian-involved hit-and-run accident only to find that she suddenly has a new ability – an ability which is much more of a curse than it is a gift. Because now, when people touch Eva, she can see how they will die in vivid detail, as though she herself were living in that person’s body and witnessing events through their eyes.