Friday, December 12, 2014

Review of the Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue

Title:  The Boy Who Drew Monsters
Author:  Keith Donohue
Source: ARC for review from publisher
Series:  Standalone
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary:
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.

I was sent this book by the publisher through a Goodreads group I am apart of for an honest review. The novel is about a young boy named Jack Peter who has Augsburg's. His parents struggle to understand him and his mother contemplates having him put into an institution. Jack becomes obsessed with drawing pictures and his parents encourage him until strange things start happening in the small town they live in.

Jack Peter nearly drowned with his best friend, Nick when they are seven in the ocean. Jip as his father calls him is terrified of leaving the house and has refused to do so without being dragged out. Nick keeps going to Jack Peter's house because his parents tell him to even though he find the little boy odd.

The parents in this novel were all pretty awful in their own ways. Jack Peter's mom wants ti lock him up, his father stays home with him but seems to be more concerned about the comings and goings of Nick's mother. Nick's parents are drunks who do not seem to notice their son at all and constantly bring him to Jack Peter's house.

The premise of a little boy being able to draw monsters and bring them to life is completely strange but unique. This book is super creepy. I liked the idea but the actual story was a little dragged out, there was a lot of story lines and characters that were brought in that did not seem to have a point at all. Overall it was interesting but not

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