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Michelle Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Michelle received a B.A. at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. She has lived in London, New York, and the Midwest and holds an MFA in Fiction Writing. She is currently a doctoral candidate in creative writing at Ohio University. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, The Copperfield Review, Arcturus, and others. Her first novel, The Monster’s Daughter,  published by Melville House and Audible, is an American Booksellers Association Debut Voices pick, and was awarded a 2016 FAW Literary Prize.  

The Monster’s Daughter

A Novel “Somewhere on the South African veld, 1901: At the height of the Boer War, a doctor at a British concentration camp conducts a series of grim experiments on Boer prisoners. His work ends in chaos, but two children survive: a boy named Benjamin, and a girl named Tessa … One hundred years later, a disgraced young police constable is reassigned to the sleepy South African town of Unie, where she makes a terrifying discovery: the body of a woman, burned beyond recognition. The crime soon leads her into her country's violent past—a past that includes her father, a high-ranking police official under the apartheid regime, and the children left behind in that long ago concentration camp. Michelle Pretorius’s epic debut weaves present and past together into a hugely suspenseful, masterfully plotted thriller that calls to mind Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls and Tana French’s The Secret Place. With an explosive conclusion, it marks the emergence of a thrilling new writer.”

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The Monster’s Daughter is available from Melville House and Audible. The paperback releases July 2017.

Liz Loves Books “The Monster’s Daughter is a brilliantly evocative novel that mashes up historical, crime and speculative fiction into a gloriously addictive and epic read, set in South Africa and with some dark themes right at the heart of it… Higly Recommended.” Acrimereadersblog "This was a superb novel. The writing was incredibly evocative and upsetting at times... Sometimes it is good to read something out of your usual type and The Monster’s Daughter was definitely one of those times." Jaffareadstoo Combining dark historical fiction with a chilling modern day murder mystery is an inspired idea which, in The Monster’s Daughter, comes together in a shattering conclusion.
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Michelle Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Michelle received a B.A. at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. She has lived in London, New York, and the Midwest and holds an MFA in Fiction Writing. She is currently a doctoral candidate in creative writing at Ohio University. Her writing has appeared in LitHub, The Copperfield Review, Arcturus, and others. Her first novel, The Monster’s Daughter, published by Melville House  and Audible, is an American Booksellers Association Debut Voices pick, and was awarded a 2016 FAW Literary Prize.  

The Monster’s Daughter

A Novel “Somewhere on the South African veld, 1901: At the height of the Boer War, a doctor at a British concentration camp conducts a series of grim experiments on Boer prisoners. His work ends in chaos, but two children survive: a boy named Benjamin, and a girl named Tessa … One hundred years later, a disgraced young police constable is reassigned to the sleepy South African town of Unie, where she makes a terrifying discovery: the body of a woman, burned beyond recognition. The crime soon leads her into her country's violent past—a past that includes her father, a high-ranking police official under the apartheid regime, and the children left behind in that long ago concentration camp. Michelle Pretorius’s epic debut weaves present and past together into a hugely suspenseful, masterfully plotted thriller that calls to mind Lauren Beukes’s The Shining Girls and Tana French’s The Secret Place. With an explosive conclusion, it marks the emergence of a thrilling new writer.”

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