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What Do Monsters Fear? by Matt Hayward

What Do Monsters Fear? is Matt Hayward’s first book. I read his short story collection, Brain Dead Blues, earlier this year, which I really enjoyed. What Do Monsters Fear? is on point! I was hooked from the first scene! 

Peter Laughlin starts contemplating suicide after he wakes up from a binger in his own mess one too many times. He is about to go through with it, but he finds an advertisement for rehabilitation in the back of a paper. He decides to go to rehab to straighten out his life because he got his old friend Bethany pregnant. 

When Peter arrives at Dawson Rehabilitation, he becomes friends with Henry Randolph, an alcoholic who is trying to get his life together as well. Matt Hayward does a great job of character building. The other rehabilitation guests are Shelley Matthews, Donald Bove, Jamie Peters, and Walter Cartwright. 

Dawson Rehabilitation is not what it seems. Peter and Henry are suspicious of Jerry Fisher, the rehab counselor. Jerry Fisher has a sinister secret. An ancient evil lurks there. Peter will have to face the ancient evil head on if he wants to survive. 

What Do Monster Fear? is a crazy book! It doesn’t let up from the first page. The characters are great and easily relatable. The story unfolds nicely, and Matt does a great job of keeping the tension tight. The ending is great too!

Kealan Patrick Burke did a great job on the cover! That cover is catchy as hell!

I highly recommend this book to fans of horror, The Thing, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest!

5/5 stars!

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