Every girl at Bathory School has heard stories about The Beast. No one believed they were true.
'Grisly, nail-biting fun!' - Lovereading4kids.co.uk
At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits.
As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild.
Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.
Praise for C J Skuse
‘It's an absolute page-turner! I gobbled it up in one sitting, and it kept me guessing right till the end. A deliciously creepy horror story, served up with CJ's trademark humour.’ – Cat Clarke.
‘CJ Skuse is one of the most consistently entertaining YA writers around and MONSTER is another rollicking adventure. A thriller/chiller set in the prestigious boarding school Bathory (with) a hint of girls Hogwarts but with mayhem substituted for magic’ – Daily Telegraph Best of 2015 Young Adult Books
'CJ does it again, with a boarding school story packed with tension…Nobody captures the darkness of teenage nightmares quite like CJ Skuse.' – Sophia Bennett, author of The Look
'Fiendishly dark, with a sense of humour. CJ Skuse always inspires deep author envy' – Keren David, YA Book Prize Nominee
‘Teens who like the horror genre will love CJ Skuse…the story envelops the reader like ivy. There are echoes, of course, of The Hounds of the Baskervilles…’ – South Wales Echo
‘It’s so good, I’d recommend it to people I don’t like’ – Kevin Brooks on PRETTY BAD THINGS
‘A rip roaring story’ – Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian on ROCKOHOLIC
‘sharp, funny and knowing…’ – The Telegraph on ROCKOHOLIC
‘The tension and the comedy crack along with a heart-warming hilarity that is impossible to resist.’ – Amanda Craig, The Times on Dead Romantic
About the author
C.J. Skuse was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.