The Conjuring meets The Vow! This is the terrifying story of a girl, a dark angel, and the cult hellbent on taking over her small, coastal town.
Vera Martinez wants nothing more than to escape Roaring Creek and her parents' reputation as demonologists. Not to mention she's the family outcast, lacking her parents' innate abilities, and is terrified of the occult things lurking in their basement.
Maxwell Oliver is supposed to be enjoying the summer before his senior year, spending his days thinking about parties and friends. Instead he's taking care of his little sister while his mom slowly becomes someone he doesn't recognize. Soon he suspects that what he thought was grief over his father's death might be something more...sinister.
When Maxwell and Vera join forces, they come face to face with deeply disturbing true stories of cults, death worship, and the very nature that drives people to evil.
"With death cults, possession, exorcism, and demons, Small Town Monsters is like all of my favorite horror movies rolled up into one unputdownable book!"—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and #murdertrending
Diana Rodriguez Wallach is the multi-published author of seven YA novels, including the Anastasia Phoenix Series, the Amor and Summer Secrets series, and Small Town Monsters. She is a Creative Writing Instructor for Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth, and she has been published in several anthologies.
Praise for Small Town Monsters:
13 Scariest Books of 2021
"An eerie thriller
emphasizing the power of inner strength.
"Filled with great storytelling
, this book will grab readers from page one
"...a taste of The Exorcist
condensed into a bite-size morsel
."—School Library Journal
“With razor sharp pacing
, hair-raising chills
, and well-drawn characters
to root for, Small Town Monsters
does for YA horror what Stranger Things
did for Netflix.”—Laura Taylor Namey, New York Times
bestselling author of A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow
and truly terrifying
, Small Town Monsters
is a nightmarish world
filled with demons, cults, and awkward first glances—a perfect horror recipe
.”—Suzanne Young, New York Times
bestselling author of The Program series.
“Rodriguez Wallach knows how to tell a suspenseful
story and doesn’t pull any punches
. Small Town Monsters
combines the horror
of The Conjuring
with the heart
of Stranger Things
.”—Andrew Shaffer, New York Times
bestselling author of Secret Santa: A Horror for the Holidays Novel “Small Town Monsters
has a rich mythology
, and it’s populated by memorable characters
.”—The Big Chill
"Rodriguez Wallach hits her stride
with a new YA novel about the nature of evil."—Suburban Life
."—Latinx in Publishing
"...one incredibly entertaining
horror experience."—Mystery & Suspense Magazine