Hunter Shea: Misfits

Today I’m pleased to be taking part in the blog tour for Misfits. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and Flame Tree Press for my copy of the book via Netgalley.


During the height of the 90s grunge era, five high school friends living on the fringe are driven to the breaking point. When one of their friends is brutally raped by a drunk townie, they decide to take matters into their own hands. Deep in the woods of Milbury, Connecticut, there lives the legend of the Melon Heads, a race of creatures that shun human interaction and prey on those who dare to wander down Dracula Drive. Maybe this night, one band of misfits can help the other. Or maybe some legends are meant to be feared for a reason.


When I started reading Misfits, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it definitely transcended all my expectations. From the beginning, it is clear that Shea is prepared to take us to some very dark places – both literally and metaphorically. He creates the atmosphere brilliantly and I was keen to learn more about the myth of the Melon Heads.

Misfits focuses on the lives of five teenagers, who, as the title suggests, struggle to fit into a particular friendship group and prefer each others’ company. Despite their reputations, I found them actually quite easy to relate to and felt sympathy for them as they tackled their demons. Their taste in music also brought back some memories! I loved their relationship with each other and the way they stuck up for each other during times of adversity.

This is not a novel you want to read if you are hoping to sleep, but I really enjoyed this aspect of it. It is incredibly gory and the sense of danger is never far away, but it kept me reading until the end.

Misfits is available from Amazon.

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