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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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