I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.THE BOOGEYMAN'S INTERN by Matt Betts
Published by Raw Dog Screaming Press on June 1, 2018
Genres: comedy, Crime, Dark Fantasy, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery & Detective, Suspense, Thriller, Weird Tales
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Not everyone lands their dream job.
Take Abe: He’s bottomed out as an Imaginary Friend and has to find a new job before his bosses assign him a truly crappy one. Just as he’s about to resign himself to a life of making toys in a workshop, he’s given a reprieve—of sorts.
Now he has the opportunity to be the first policeman on the Hill and solve an impossible murder. For assistance he ropes in his career counselor, a Bigfoot, and his best friend, a Boogeyman. The job requires him to talk to Tooth Fairies, Leprechauns, Yetis and everything else humanity has dreamt up over the years. None of them offer any clues, but since Abe’s supervisors are Mother Nature, Father Time and Death, he can’t just give up and walk away.
Dream job? Dream on.
“A dreamlike quality permeates this story, and the basic whodunit set-up turns into a multilevel metaphysical quandary as Betts injects one twist after another into an increasingly unsettling tale.”—Publishers Weekly
“The moments of humor are well-earned, and Brady and Zane are standouts….The ending manages to be both fascinating and endearing. An offbeat, entertaining look at timeworn mythical characters.”—Kirkus
“‘There is something under your bed. There is something going bump in the night. Something is following you.’ Betts’ novel finds a way to encapsulate that chilling sentiment in a surprisingly hilarious way…”—Booklist
THE BOOGEYMAN’S INTERN, by Matt Betts, is quite an original novel which crosses over into the thriller, fantasy, psychological, comedy, and even crime genres. In the land of “Imaginaries”, where thing that humans dream up stay until they’re needed, an “imaginary friend” named Abe is having another bad day. Just before he can be re-assigned, the impossible happens–one of the imaginaries, dies.
“. . . Ira couldn’t die. Yet Ira was dead . . . “
A meeting with none other than Mother Nature, Father Time, Death, and “The Director” ensues, giving Abe a new job title: Detective.
“. . . I began to believe that my ‘ignore him and he’ll go away’ ploy had actually worked . . . “
Crossing over into the land of humans and that of the things our minds conjure up, Betts has created a world all of his own. From our main character’s sarcasm-laced comments, to hidden agendas and conspiracy theories at every turn, this is a novel where our everyday rules no longer apply. The land of the Imaginaries has its own set of “laws”, dwellings, hierarchy, and forms of “punishment” that couldn’t be more different than our own.
“. . . So far, we had proven, rather unscientifically, that I couldn’t be killed . . . “
Once I got used to these, things became a little faster in regards to pacing, and the book really amped up into more of a mystery-thriller.
“. . . didn’t like where this was going. Zane had a point. Zane rarely had a point . . .”
There are quite a few characters introduced, but only a handful of them are really fleshed out and necessary to the furthering of the plot. My personal favorite was Abe, himself. With his constant sarcasm, suspicious outlook, and lack of ambition, he made for a most comedic main character–especially considering the “serious” role he was supposed to be playing.
“. . . Thankfully there were no shiny objects in the room, or I might have lost their concentration completely . . .”
In a new land that–by nature–shouldn’t exist, how can a crime be perpetrated, let alone solved? Find out more about Abe’s duties and the connections he manages to stumble across in this genre-blending, unique novel.
“. . . I had a new favorite sport; annoying the Director . . .”