Small Town Monsters

Small Town Monsters

3.77 (952 ratings by Goodreads)
3.77 (952 ratings by Goodreads)

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The Conjuring meets The Vow! This is the terrifying story of a girl, a dark angel, and the cult hellbent on taking over her small, coastal town.

Vera Martinez wants nothing more than to escape Roaring Creek and her parents' reputation as demonologists. Not to mention she's the family outcast, lacking her parents' innate abilities, and is terrified of the occult things lurking in their basement.

Maxwell Oliver is supposed to be enjoying the summer before his senior year, spending his days thinking about parties and friends. Instead he's taking care of his little sister while his mom slowly becomes someone he doesn't recognize. Soon he suspects that what he thought was grief over his father's death might be something more...sinister.

When Maxwell and Vera join forces, they come face to face with deeply disturbing true stories of cults, death worship, and the very nature that drives people to evil.

"With death cults, possession, exorcism, and demons, Small Town Monsters is like all of my favorite horror movies rolled up into one unputdownable book!"--Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and #murdertrending
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Product details

  • 12-15
  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 139 x 210 x 20.32mm | 249.48g
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0593427513
  • 9780593427514
  • 965,618

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Praise for Small Town Monsters

A Kirkus 13 Scariest Books of 2021 pick!


"An eerie thriller emphasizing the power of inner strength."--Kirkus

"Filled with great storytelling and surprises, this book will grab readers from page one."--Booklist

"...a taste of The Exorcist condensed into a bite-size morsel."--School Library Journal

"With razor sharp pacing, hair-raising chills, and well-drawn characters to root for, Small Town Monsters does for YA horror what Stranger Things did for Netflix."--Laura Taylor Namey, New York Times bestselling author of A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

"Well-paced and truly terrifying, Small Town Monsters is a nightmarish world filled with demons, cults, and awkward first glances--a perfect horror recipe."--Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program series.

"Rodriguez Wallach knows how to tell a suspenseful story and doesn't pull any punches. Small Town Monsters combines the horror of The Conjuring with the heart of Stranger Things."--Andrew Shaffer, New York Times bestselling author of Secret Santa: A Horror for the Holidays Novel

"Small Town Monsters has a rich mythology, and it's populated by memorable characters."--The Big Chill

"Rodriguez Wallach hits her stride with a new YA novel about the nature of evil."--Suburban Life

"Incredibly addicting."--Latinx in Publishing

" incredibly entertaining horror experience."--Mystery & Suspense Magazine
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About Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the multi-published author of seven YA novels, including the Anastasia Phoenix Series, the Amor and Summer Secrets series, and Small Town Monsters. She is a Creative Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, and she has been published in several anthologies.
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4 44% (417)
3 29% (275)
2 6% (56)
1 1% (9)
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