Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

by:  Keith Donohue
published by:  Picador
publish date:  October 7, 2014

Ever since he nearly drowned in the ocean three years earlier, ten-year-old Jack Peter Keenan has been deathly afraid to venture outdoors. Refusing to leave his home in a small coastal town in Maine, Jack Peter spends his time drawing monsters. When those drawings take on a life of their own, no one is safe from the terror they inspire. His mother, Holly, begins to hear strange sounds in the night coming from the ocean, and she seeks answers from the local Catholic priest and his Japanese housekeeper, who fill her head with stories of shipwrecks and ghosts. His father, Tim, wanders the beach, frantically searching for a strange apparition running wild in the dunes. And the boy’s only friend, Nick, becomes helplessly entangled in the eerie power of the drawings. While those around Jack Peter are haunted by what they think they see, only he knows the truth behind the frightful occurrences as the outside world encroaches upon them all.

This book was CREEPY!!  Hands down one of the scariest books I've read in a long time.  My husband and I were taking a walk at night and I was telling him about this book and I got myself so freaked out I had to go back inside.

Jack is ten years old.  He's "on the spectrum".  However, he had been functioning normally until he nearly drowned with his best friend when he was seven years old.  After that day he rarely leaves the house.  He stays inside all day drawing.  What only he knows is that his drawings come to life.  He starts drawing terrible monsters.  Monsters that torments his parents and his best friend Nick.

This was a really awesome book.  I would definitely recommend it to the horror fans and the psychological thriller fans.  The one thing I didn't really get about this book was the Japanese housekeeper.  Did she have the same ability as Jack?  Or did she just understand it?  I was a little confused about that.  Anway...the end of this book was O.M.G.  Just go read this book!

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