Review: My Daylight Monsters by Sarah Dalton

My Daylight Monsters

My Daylight Monsters
by Sarah Dalton
Series: Mary Hades #0.5 (novella)
Publication date: October 2013
Category: YA
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Thriller
Source: eARC received by author
in exchange for an honest review

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I always thought my demons came out in the day, rather than at night. I’ve never been scared of the dark. I’ve only ever been scared of real things: getting ill, having injections, physical pain… death. Those are my monsters, not ghosts or vampires or whatever else can hide under your bed at night.

I was wrong.

The dark makes everything worse.

When Mary’s psychiatrist advises a short stay at a psychiatric unit, her worst nightmares are confirmed. How can she get better in a place that fills her with dread? When she meets the other patients, she begins to gather some hope, until she realises that the death toll in the hospital is rising without explanation. Something sinister stalks the corridors and maybe she is the only one who can stop it…

Mary has to confront the Things that she sees if they are to stand a chance. But will she survive a confrontation with death itself?

My Thoughts

My Daylight Monsters is engaging from the first paragraph of the prologue. It’s a haunting tale about Mary Hades who is put into a psychiatric hospital after a tragic incident at her school, one that causes her to start seeing Things. Are they visions? Are they ghosts? They seem to be helping her avoid bad things to come, but she can’t be certain. She’s not even sure they’re real. She believes they are, but then again she’s just been admitted to a psych ward by her parents, so who knows? The first patient she encounters is her roommate, Lacey, who has no filter for her mouth and gets up in Mary’s business within seconds. As time goes by she meets the rest of the crew in their ward, including the boy with the bright green eyes, Johnny. He appears at the strangest times and speaks in riddles. He claims he has important things to tell Mary about the hospital, but refuses to do so until she overcomes her fears. What fears is he talking about? Will she learn how to defeat the evil that lurks within the walls of the hospital in time?

Told from Mary’s POV in a dreary English setting, My Daylight Monsters is a creepy tale of things that go bump in the night. Dalton’s writing style makes it easy to slip into the story, as if the reader is in the psych ward with Mary. There’s an air of mystery throughout, which kept me properly captivated and longing to learn the details of Mary’s recent tragedy, as well as the secrets that lie within the ward she now resides. The cast of characters reminded me of some of the people from Girl, Interrupted, which I loved. I mean, really.. how can you not enjoy reading a creepy story about a girl in a mental ward who thinks she sees ghosts?

I will say I’m glad that I already have the next book in the series because I’m starting it right now. I recommend My Daylight Monsters to all fans of horror and paranormal genres.

~About the Author~


Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.

She is the author of the popular YA dystopia series ‘Blemished’ and the gothic novella ‘My Daylight Monsters’. Her latest series is called White Hart – a YA fantasy about a girl who hides magical powers from everyone around her.

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