Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Boy Who Drew Monsters - by Keith Donohue - A wildly imaginative story with huge twist

5 of 5 Stars     Review copy

The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

Ten-year-old, Jack Peter Keenan has Asperger disorder, a condition characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction.  Three years ago, he and his friend, Nick, nearly drowned.  Nick actually needed to be resuscitated.  Since then, Jack has trouble leaving the house.

The author has done a fine job of capturing the family life of a child with Asperger's, but The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a work of fiction and rather fantastic fiction at that.

On the surface this seems to be the story of normal parents of a young child with a personality disorder, however it's below the surface where the true story lies.  Part ghost story, part monster story, part thriller, The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a well balanced mix of genres that entertains from start to finish, and what a finish.  I can honestly say I never saw that coming.

Even if the subject matter strays from the world of the believable, the well-developed characters actions and motives ring true and I was totally drawn into the story.

The Boy Who Drew Monsters from MacMillan's Picador imprint will be published on October 7th in both hardback and e-book formats and is certainly worth your attention.

Strongly recommended.

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