“You should automatically know your mother loves you. It doesn’t need to be said.”

Genre: Fiction

Published: 2022

Pages: 122

Rate: 3 stars


Every day, the populace wakes before dawn to head to the blast furnaces of Nairobi’s Industrial Area leaving behind another bustling economy of daily subsistence carried on by the not so lucky. The drinking dens gobble up what they so work hard for and the cycle continues. The Beasts Under Your Bed follows the travails of one such young man raised in these cesspool that he refuses, is helpless or unable to say goodbye to. He looks for love and light at the end of the bottle and carnal and filial relations. Will he find what he’s looking for? Will he finally manage to escape the chains that so tie him to ‘a man can leave the village but the village cannot leave the man?’

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was sent to me by the author for review but all opinions and thoughts are honest and my own

My Take

I found The Beasts Under Your Bed to be quite and easy and quick read to get through. The book starts off in a way that captures your attention and doesn’t let up. There is great imagery that had me seeing the book, I felt like I was there with the characters, joining them in their day to day. I love how it felt relatable in some parts. I could see what the author is talking about because it’s things, activities that I see in my day to day.

I loved the characters. They are well written and bring life to the story and they make for an entertaining read.

What I didn’t like: There were a few spelling errors and also an inconsistency with a spelling of a word. Cutha in places and Chutha in others and this annoyed me so much. In as much as I love how short the book is, I wish it was longer because the ending to me felt a bit rushed.

The Beasts Under Your is a short book that packs a punch. Action packed and thrilling, it made for an interesting. You have to suspend disbelief in some parts though to fully enjoy it as some things felt a bit out there. All in all a good read.

Have you read this book? What did you think about it?