The Boy Who Drew Monsters

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child comes a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and reality.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 iFrom the New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child comes a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world, whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and reality.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.In the tradition of The Turn of the Screw, Keith Donohue s The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a mesmerizing tale of psychological terror and imagination run wild, a perfectly creepy read for a dark night.
The Boy Who Drew Monsters From the New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child comes a hypnotic literary horror novel about a young boy trapped inside his own world whose drawings blur the lines between fantasy and

  • Title: The Boy Who Drew Monsters
  • Author: Keith Donohue
  • ISBN: 9781250057150
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. 3.5 spooky stars's a little backstory about me and the books of keith donohue. when The Stolen Child came out, i read the flap and thought "ooooh, that sounds amazing!" and i bought it. in hardcover. when Angels of Destruction came out, i did the same thing. when Centuries of June came out, i did the same thing. and i just never got around to actually reading any of them. when i saw this one on netgalley i thought "aha! i will request it and then i will be forced to read it because of the tick t [...]

    2. "Listen," she commanded in a hoarse whisper, and he strained to discover what she had heard, but he could find no stray sound."There's someone in the house."He heard nothing."Someone's walking around."I love horror novels and especially one which seems to imitate Japanese horror. Donohue drenches every page of this spooky novel in grey atmospheric tones. He even adds a Japanese side character as a nod to the origins of his ideas.Jack Peter is an autistic boy. He has refused to leave the house fo [...]

    3. What an ending!! This book wasn't what I imagined and was different in a good way. I enjoyed this fiction novel like any other book that isn't real. I could sense the setting and see the house and sea in my mind just as if I were in the book, watching it play out as a spectator. J.P was such a dynamic character and entirely too creepy for me. His friend Nick seemed to just be there, like he didn't want to be. The parents were so blind to what was actually happening to the boys until the very end [...]

    4. I'm torn about giving this one star. I did not enjoy reading this book at all. It really dragged for me. The story just kept going in circles and I just wished it would be done with. I kept on only because I had to find out what this mystery was all about. Well, to my surprise, the ending completely caught me off guard. I gasped when I found out what was behind all the drawings. Sadly, the ending was not enough to make me overlook the rest of the book. I don't want to throw any spoilers out ther [...]

    5. Uma leitura certamente diferente e muito interessante. Primeiro de tudo: EU ESTOU CHOCADO COM ESSE FINAL! Quando eu achei que era só isso mesmo, que a conclusão seria aquela, e tudo terminaria meia boca JESUS AMADO. O tiro que eu levei.O livro todo segue um ritmo lento e a escrita é bem densa, mas acho que isso acabou se tornando gostoso ao longo da leitura. Você se acostuma. O clima sombrio é muito bacana, e tudo parece meio surreal - isso é bom e ruim ao mesmo tempo. Bom porque faz dele [...]

    6. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* says:

      Happy Spooktober, everyone!!This book was provided to me care of the lovely karenand although my copy is an ARC, this came out on October 7th this year. I wish I could say that I loved this story BUT I didn't. The premise of this story did so much more for me than it's actualization did. Jack Peter is a unique boy, an inside boy. he sits somewhere on the spectrum of Asperger's (Or, rather, this is the most consistent diagnosis his parents have come across). As is often the case in such instances [...]

    7. This book is another that I might include on the shelf I don't really have but keep threatening to start: "Horror, Sort-Of".The book has an interesting idea and there are a few moment's of mild horror I suppose. The thing about horror/terror is that it's rather subjective. What I find horror you may not. what you find horror I may not.It's no spoiler (as it's in the synopsis) that the book concerns a boy who's drawings of monsters begin to come (in some sense) alive. The book however is really c [...]

    8. This book was thoroughly creepy and unsettling and I loved every minute of it! I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up but I'm so glad I did. It raised all the hairs on the back of my neck in the very best way possible. I couldn't stop turning the pages once I started reading and I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through, wondering what kind of terrifying scenes Jack Peter would come up with next. And that ending was one HELL of a twist, my jaw literally dropped and I had to [...]

    9. A-Z and PopSugar Challenges with Karly and JessA book with bad reviews - The Boy Who Drew MonstersD = Donohue, Keith2.5 starsJack Peter is an unusual boy. An inside boy. A boy who likes to draw monsters.Jack (I'm going to call him Jack because who the hell calls their kid 'Jack Peter' or Jip) is withdrawn. Aside from his parents and his best friend [of necessity] Nick, he has no social interaction with the outside world. Not only does Jack have Asperger's, but he has also been Agoraphobic since [...]

    10. This is a quick suspenseful read with a bit of horror thrown into the mix. The plot is somewhat predictable and none of the twists and turns managed to surprise me. This book tries to be scary and fails, tries to be a thriller and fails but if you’re looking for a nicely paced quick read with a supernatural theme, it’s not a bad way to spend your afternoon.

    11. “There are moments when even to the sober eye of reason, the world of our sad humanity may assume the semblance of Hell. ”----Edgar Allan PoeKeith Donohue, an American best-selling novelist, spun a remarkable story called, The Boy Who Drew Monstersthat our sane minds will dare to read it.Synopsis: 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 Main [...]

    12. Jip, as his father calls him is a young boy with Aspergers. After he and his friend nearly drown when they are seven, he is afraid to leave the house. Nick is the only friend he has, and when he visits they invent inside games to play. Jip's passion though is drawing. After over hearing a conversation with his parents, his drawing takes on a new menace.The first part of this book moved very slowly, the tone of menace always in the background, but to me it seemed rather scattered. Both parents he [...]

    13. Review copyThe 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 [...]

    14. This is a brilliant novel and one of the best horror stories that I've ever read. I liken Donohue to an American version of Graham Joyce. Both of these superb authors have similar styles. THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS just blew me away. Highly recommended.

    15. My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars“In the dream house, the boy listened for the monster under his bed.”Jack Peter hasn’t been the same since he almost drowned when he was seven-years-old. Becoming terrified of the world outside, he’s become something of a recluse for the past three years and his parents, and even doctors, have been struggling to find a reason. When the terrifying things that Jack claims to see become visible to his parents, they begin to think they’re going insane rather than r [...]

    16. Ugh. Not the worst premise, even though I am tempted to say a laSouth Park"Stephen King did it" (view spoiler)[ see drawing stuff that becomes real inInsomniaandDark Tower 6 and 7 (hide spoiler)] and did it better -- even though that deus ex machina was very unappreciated by me. Here, the kid Jack Peter's (as someone else mentioned, seriously? Who names a kid Jack Peter?) drawing is the plot, and the idea of whether some autisim spectrum kid makes drawings real, so Donohue can't be blamed for in [...]

    17. Not scary at all, sadly. And I didn't really care for the writing style, or the characters. The twist right at the end was awesome, though - I completely did not see that coming!

    18. I read this for the Horror square. I agree with Moonlight Reader that ultimately this book really was underwhelming. I think all of the elements of a good horror story were there, but the characters, the slowly moving plot (and not in a good way by the way) and the ending just left me cold. And I also didn't really feel annoyed enough to rate this lower or like it enough to write it higher than I did. I just feel indifferent, hence the three stars. I can see why there are comparisons to "The Tur [...]

    19. This is my first comment on but I feel strongly about my score. This book was a big disappointment. The story wasn't very interesting and I found myself getting bored by it. I pushed on kept thinking that it had to get better but it never did. I wish I could get the time back I spent reading it.

    20. Warning: It's probably best you don't try to finish this late at night. It spooked me out.After a long reading slump, I finally felt the urge to grab a book and read again. I didn't really take a long time to choose what to read. I just grabbed a new-ish book in my bookshelf and settled with it.I started this book without any idea what it's all about. I didn't even know which genre it belonged to but that didn't stop me from finishing it.The Boy Who Drew Monsters incorporates a mixture of realit [...]

    21. Ok, I'm only giving this book three stars (I was originally going to give it only 2) because of the last page and the last sentence of this book, if you read this book (wait for it) . All through this book I was confused as to what I was just reading , some places it feels like horror, others it feels like a psychological thriller, others like a gone bad romance , this book lacks clear goals and therefore the story suffers , it is a story about ghost that are not real ghosts, about a kid that we [...]

    22. Ultimately forgettable, both in concept and in execution. There are things done well here, like the presentation of Jack Peter's Asperger's, but the haunts and frights are neither haunting nor frightening. Even the moments of real-life scary (fights between your parents, nightmares at a young age, etc) don't land with all that much weight and I'm left wondering how much the author cared about the story he was telling. For some reason, to this reader, it feels like not very much at all.More at RB [...]

    23. A minha opinião em vídeo: youtube/watch?v=vy3MTUm bom livro de terror/supense com uma criança especialVale a pena!

    24. Um livro interessante sobre ser diferente e enfrentar os monstros que temos dentro de nós. É um "terror" leve e gostoso de ler. Uma narrativa mais lenta, construída aos poucos para apresentar a história ao leitor

    25. This was a decent horror story until the very end when it transformed into a great horror story! Seriouslywhat an ending.

    26. Really interesting premise, but very poorly executed. Tension was minimal, the characters were hollow, and the plot glacially paced. Even at 276 pages, it still felt too long. Most of all, the writing was just plain terrible. Clumsy, CLUNKY 'dialogue' consisted of characters speaking in entire paragraphs, or using airy metaphors, and even (unintentionally) rhyming! You get the impression that passages originally meant for the 3rd-person narrative were simply cut and pasted as 'conversation.'In s [...]

    27. Oh man I really wanted to like this book since I was super excited to read it when I read a synopsis of it. I was so disappointed just like I was after reading "Birdbox" another horror novel I was really looking forward to reading. The dialog between all the characters felt to stuffy and stilted. I can't think of many family's that would speak to one another like that unless this story was taking place in a different time frame. Also I couldn't pinpoint exactly when the novel is supposed to be t [...]

    28. Well, that was a let down. This story had so much potential to be a mind blower. Alas, it did not blow my mind and instead made me roll my eyes.

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