They Must be Monsters is a poignant and invaluable rendition of the famous McMartin Preschool Trials. Told in a creative non-fiction narrative, this novel was fascinating, informative, and thought-provoking. Having had no insight of the Trials before, the horror of the allegations, the intrigue of who was guilty, and the conspiracy theories drew me in until the last page. The portrayal of character relationships, 80’s pop culture, and the authors’ own insight created an intuitive interpretation of the famous trials. Told through the eyes and notes of the schizophrenic mother who started this madness, They Must be Monsters shouldn’t be missed.