Release Date: April 29, 2013
Published by: Pocket Star
Natalie’s one of Frankenstein’s creations and works in a New York City morgue. So of course she needs therapy. She and her friends—er, fellow monsters—have formed the world’s most exclusive, most dysfunctional support group. What could go wrong?
Undetected in the modern world and under pressure to stay that way, Natalie Grey, Dracula, Bob the Blob, and others (including the fetching wolfman Alec) meet regularly to talk about the pressures of being infamous in the Big Apple. Topics include how long it’s been since their last sighting, how their “story” creates stereotypes they can’t fulfill, and—gasp—sometimes even their feelings. But when their pervy Invisible Man, Ellis, is killed in a manner reminiscent of the H.G. Wells novel, it’s clear someone’s discovered their existence and is down for some monster busting.
Led by Natalie—and definitely not helped by Hyde’s bloodthirsty tendencies—the members of Monstofelldosis Anonymous band together for security and a little sleuthing. And maybe—maybe—if they don’t end up dead, they’ll end up friends somewhere along the way.
The story features a group of monsters that frequently attend support group meetings to discuss the troubles that stem from hiding their monster identities. They have been around for centuries, but despite all of their time spent meeting and sharing information, they have difficulty getting along.
The mystery begins with the death of Ellis, the Invisible Man. He's killed in a way that is identical to the Invisible Man's fate in the story by H.G. Wells. Although alarming, this tragedy can be brushed aside as a coincidence until another monster suffers the same fate.
Natalie and her support group are finally forced to face the fact that they are all being hunted and their identities are no longer a secret. They must work together to find the killer before another monster dies.
During the story a relationship slowly begins to form between Natalie and Alec, the wolfman. He's a fun, easy-going character with a great sense of humor and a playboy reputation. I thought he was a great love interest for Natalie and I'm very curious to see how things will work out between them in future installments.
Petersen has created a fun, imaginative story that any urban fantasy fan is sure to enjoy. I'm looking forward to the release of the sequel The Monsters In Your Neighborhood this July.