Beyond This Point Are Monsters is a model of taut, credible, completely contained plotting, and a book with full marks for entertainment. The scene is southern California where young Devon Osborne has petitioned the court to declare her husband, now unseen for a year, legally dead. The story, with highly effective recourse to flashback, occupies only the few days of the hearing. Is the evidence of his death - missing migrant workers, bloodied bunkhouse - adequate; why is his mother so certain he’s alive; what did happen to Robert Osbourne?
Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond This Point Are Monsters to be better than the print version?
I haven't read the print version, but the audio version held my interest on a long drive I was taking. The narrator did an excellent job portraying a wide variety of characters and flashbacks, and made the book easy to follow.
What did you like best about this story?
The author seemed to know the setting very well, post WW II California, so it was realistic. I also liked some of the twists at the end.
Which scene was your favorite?
Chapter 15 when Devon begins to do her own sleuthing.
Any additional comments?
Though the book isn't extremely fast paced with a lot of murders, it realistically builds to a nice conclusion with some clever twists.