#BookReview #WeAreMonsters @Brian_Kirk @flametreepress @annecater #RandomThingsTours

Nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel.
“A stark and frightening novel. Horror fans should definitely seek this one out.” – Booklist

Some doctors are sicker than their patients.

When a troubled psychiatrist loses funding to perform clinical trials on an experimental cure for schizophrenia, he begins testing it on his asylum’s criminally insane, triggering a series of side effects that opens the mind of his hospital’s most dangerous patient, setting his inner demons free.

FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.


You know when your watching a horror film or thriller, and the scary eerie background music starts playing. You know something bad is going to happen. Your heart starts beating a bit faster and you start getting anxious as to when or if something will pop up and scare you witless.

This is how it feels to read this story. You constantly feel uneasy as to what is going to occur in the next page. And, as the story unfolds the more eerie and creepy things become.

Sugar Hill Asylum is the setting for this story, and some of it’s patients are very notorious and dangerous.

I swear, the longer you work in a place like that, you start to lose perspective over who’s really sane. I’m starting to think that we’re all a little bit crazy. It’s all just shades of grey.”


So, who do we have to read about? Enter Dr Alex Drexler. He is on the brink of a medical breakthrough, however, the funding for his clinical trials have fallen through. Then we have the main man of Sugar Hill, Dr Eli Alpert. But, as he is starting to get older, there are talks of who will be his predecessor. The main candidate of course is Alex. Which he is thrilled over, but to get the position he is being pressured to produce his miracle treatment. To balance out the lead characters we also have social worker Angela. She has a good rapport with the patients and is enthusiastic over her work.

With mounting pressure on Alex to bring his new treatment to the frontline, he resorts to experimenting on the patients of Sugar Hill. This can only lead to bad things.

What a fantastic story, with great lead characters. Who despite being in charge of the asylum they seem to have a lot of troubles and demons to contend with themselves. The story highlights treatments used in ‘curing’ mental health. This was quite hard to read about, but an eye-opener at the same time.

If you are a fan of eerie stories and creepy characters then go read this book. It’s a cleverly constructed story, that will chill you to your core.

Thank you to Anne at Random Things Tours for my spot on the tour. And, to the publishers for my gifted copy of the book.

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