Book Review: The Cryptid Files: The Loch Ness Monster by Jean Flitcroft


The Loch Ness Monster is the first book in Jean Flitcroft’s Cryptid Files series. This is a YA novel that intersperses facts about the Loch Ness Monster with the story of young Vanessa Day and her family.

Vanessa’s mother was a scientist who spent her life studying cryptids and cryptozoology. Still reeling from her mother’s death, Vanessa has latched onto her cryptid files and theories as her last link to her mother. On a family trip to Loch Ness, with her father’s new girlfriend, Vanessa takes the opportunity to try and solve the mystery herself.

This is a book for younger readers so the focus is on imparting knowledge about the Loch Ness monster. The plot is thin but it doesn’t need to be anything more. Flitcroft has done her research and has captured an appropriate sense of awe and wonder. All in all The Loch Ness Monster was an enjoyable little fantasy.


**Received copy from NetGalley for review


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