No Beauties or Monsters


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$17.99  $16.73
Delacorte Press
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Tara Goedjen never stays in one place for long. She has worked for a publishing house in Australia, as a tennis coach in Spain, and she wrote No Beauties or Monsters on the island of Guam and in the desert of New Mexico. Now she lives and writes in a rainy corner of the Pacific Northwest. She is also the author of The Breathless. To find out more about Tara and her books, find her on Instagram at @taragoedjen or say hello at


"Compellingly creepy."

"Strange, unnerving, and downright unputdownable." --Popsugar

"Goedjen (The Breathless) effectively plays with expectations in this unsettling genre-bender, slowly peeling away layers of ambiguity while skillfully keeping readers off-balance." --PW

"This riveting thriller mixes an intriguing narrator with elements of science fiction and horror...eerie and imaginative." --Kirkus Reviews

"Goedjen keeps a tight rein on each element...allow[ing] readers to piece together clues--and then steering the storyline into a wildly unpredictable but entirely riveting path." --The Bulletin

"Sears with uncanny malice from the very first page--and then quickly explodes into a blistering fever dream. Insidiously beautiful." -Krystal Sutherland, New York Times bestselling author of House of Hollow

"Mind-bending and wholly engrossing--I couldn't read it fast enough!" --Kayla Olson, author of The Sandcastle Empire and This Splintered Silence

"A feast of mystery and intrigue, No Beauties or Monsters explores the way in which our lives twine around infinite possibilities. To read it is to be caught between a dream and a nightmare." --Parker Peevyhouse, author of Strange Exit and The Echo Room

"No Beauties or Monsters is brilliantly plotted, atmospheric and taut. Goedjen keeps you turning pages, along for the ride with the beautifully-drawn Rylie as she searches for answers just out of grasp." --Marit Weisenberg, author of The Insomniacs

"Like its Mojave Desert setting, No Beauties or Monsters is mysterious, bizarre, and utterly unique. Brimming with family secrets, disturbing murders, and a main character whose own memories can't be trusted, this book is tense from the startling first chapter until the puzzle pieces finally--chillingly--fall into place." --Chelsea Sedoti, author of It Came from the Sky and As You Wish

"Goedjen's exquisitely crafted new novel unfolds with lucid imagination and intriguing surprise, leading down a twisted path that does not disappoint." --Daria Polatin, author of Devil in Ohio

"This book throws you off kilter, plunging you into a strange place where you start to question not just what you're reading, but also your own reality. It's an eerie and unforgettable read with all the strange, pale beauty of a desert sunset. I loved the story, the characters, and the otherworldly setting, and will never look at Joshua Tree the same again." --Kate Williams, author of The Babysitters Coven series

"A desert full of mystery. A girl who sees things she shouldn't. Desperate to unlock the secrets of Twentynine Palms, I raced through this book!" --Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows

"A mind-bending and atmospheric mystery that kept me up all night."--Kara Thomas, author of The Cheerleaders

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