A Monster’s Tale

(12 customer reviews)


  • Author Name: Kelso Simon
  • Publication Date: 28/07/2018
  • Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781912362905

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The world can be a cruel place to an honest man, this is something that 32 year-old Brett Kelso knows well. It seems fortune never comes his way and his life has become an endless cycle of work and stress, counting the days to next payday. To add to his stress is the constant worry that is brought on by his ex-girlfriend, Lisa, with whom he shares his beloved 4 year-old daughter, Macy. Lisa seems to think more of partying and getting drunk than taking care of Macy and this is getting worse.

Brett wants to take custody of Macy but he is told by a solicitor that he has no chance. The 21st century society seems to hold a guy like Brett at the bottom of the pecking order and he is particularly lonely. The women around him only seem to be interested in plastic gangsters and shallowness. After being the victim of a bully’s belittling antics Brett is at breaking point, but the responsibility he has to Macy keeps him sane. One night, Lisa’s irresponsible behaviour contributes to a life-changing disaster which thrusts Brett into a cycle of insanity and revenge.

Lisa leaves town and Brett becomes hell-bent on tracking her down, but without success. Two years later a chance phonemail gives Brett the opportunity to come face to face with Lisa, and he is determined to finally hand down his brand of justice, but the deeds of the monster he has become may stand in his way.

Will Brett settle his final score or will there be a chilling fate in store for him?

Kelso Simon currently lives in Beaumont Leys, Leicester but grew up on the Newfoundpool Estate. After working in engineering for 8 years, he was feeling unfulfilled and decided to start a new career as a support worker for children. He worked in children’s mental health for 3 years and he now works as a pastoral and behavioural education worker for the Leicester City Council. Kelso Simon also runs community groups from Facebook with the purpose of bringing local communities together.

12 reviews for A Monster’s Tale

  1. Faye Barnard

    A fantastically written, thought provoking, highly emotional storyline by the very talented Kelso Simon. I don’t usually read fiction books but I was absorbed and felt the emotions of every character in it; I could not put the book down! A must read! I cannot wait for your next book! Thank you for such inspiration Kelso.

  2. Dermot Ogle

    Nicely descriptive and sets a scene very well. The characters, moods and scenarios are easy to visualise. A Monster’s Tale is tragic, humorous and believable and draws you in to the story. Very enjoyable read!

  3. Izzy the Great

    Great book. Relatable story, a great page turner and well written. This book was really absorbing and I read this in two days. Well recommended.

  4. Rebecca Mitchell

    Just read this in 2 days! Fantastic book, emotionally packed, thought provoking and entertaining, loved the familiar places and it made me both laugh and cry! Well done author 🙂

  5. Amazon Customer

    Picked this up and couldnt put it down, touched on many themes releveant to working class men in modern Britain with quite a few twists and suprises. Great read.

  6. Michelle Pretty Smith

    I loved this book it captivated me from the beginning and I’m not the best reader. I felt every emotion anger, sadness and laughter. How long can you believe in the main character for?

  7. James Robertson

    Wow just finished it very gritty tale about a mans downfall, couldn’t put it down, excellent writing by Kelso Simon

  8. Sonia Green

    Wow, this book is a fantastic read. I normally only read chick lit books but this was brought for me by a good friend as we both know the author. Well I was gripped from the first chapter and was truly absorbed in the story line. It was inspiring how the author linked old haughts of the past within present day which made you think about how young men of today think and feel in today’s society. If you are from the New Parks and surrounding areas you will definitely relate to this. Brilliant!

  9. Jenny Watkin

    Took me just 2 and a half days to read as I could not put it down! Great story, with lots of twists, made me laugh and cry. Brought back fond memories of past areas of Leicester /new parks. Definitely recommend this book. Amazing.

  10. Gary Sage

    absolutely blew my mind. the plot twist was very tough reading but written with absolute grit and realism. A fantastic novel written with utter sincerity. cant wait for more from this author!

  11. Joss Andrew Ward

    I am still currently reading this book but when I started reading the first few pages I knew I would not stop until I reached the end. The writer of this story has put alot of thought into this book and I really would love to read more of his work if he ever continues to write astonishing books like this one. I am going to be blatantly honest with everyone here who has gave their reviews or are reading through them to see if this is a book worth buying/ reading. Get.This.Book! Out of all books I have read in all of my years this has been the best by far. So I send all my gratitude to the writer and hope to read more of their books soon!

  12. Tracey

    This book is brilliant ive read alot of books but this 1 wow i laughed i cried the emotions i felt absolutely gripping book very very clever offer pulls you right in from the beginning to the end fantastic hopes theres a second book soon.

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