For seventeen-year-old Samantha Campbell, running back woods trails usually means freedom from her less-than-perfect life. That is, until the day a morning run turns into a living nightmare. When Samantha wakes up to find herself bound to a dirty, pinstriped mattress, she realizes she’s anything but free. With a masked abductor repeatedly injecting her arm with an unknown substance while holding her captive, Samantha tries in vain to find out what he wants, but he refuses to speak. Until the day he breaks his silence and his twisted words are worse than what she’d imagined. He promises her one day she will fall in love with him but the best part will be that she won’t know who he is… until it’s too late.
Finding herself freed from captivity, with her captor still at large, Samantha is on guard against everything and everyone around her. Unfortunately, walling up her heart proves difficult when eighteen-year-old Blake Knightley moves in next door. When Samantha starts experiencing strange changes within her, she realizes her captor may have left her more damaged than she originally thought. Now she must turn to Blake for help in order to unearth the truth behind the monster who started this all… or risk experiencing worse things than just falling in love.
Received for review from netgally and the publisher this has in now way effected my review
Hidden Monster is the story of Samantha a 17-year old girl who is kidnapped and held captive for several weeks. She is kept drugged and tied to a bed by her masked kidnapper and that’s just the first chapter! The story really gets going when she escapes and tries to return to a normal life. Her new neighbour Blake is more than happy to try and help her but he’s got secrets of his own. I cant say too much more without some major spoilers and one of the best things about this book is the “What the what?” moment when the real story comes out. It’s a lot of fun and keeps you turning pages.
This was such an enjoyable and surprising book! I did not know what to expect when I started it and it turned out to be so much fun. Strong’s forte is in creating complex, imaginative plot lines and Hidden Monster takes you on a roller coaster ride from the very first scene. Her characters are wonderful, as well. Samantha is strong protagonist and I as rooting for her until the very end. Blake is a truly swoon worthy book boyfriend and I look forward to seeing how life turns out for them in the rest of the series which I hope Ms. Strong will hurry up and write.
If you enjoy YA fantasy with more than a touch of romance this book is definitely for you