From the New York Times best-selling 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, 10-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 listen for a dark night.
©2014 Keith Donohue (P)2014 Blackstone Audio
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The premise of the story seemed really unusual and suitably creepy, along with the idyllic setting of a beach house in Maine it looked like it could be a delightful scare. Sadly the promise just didn't deliver - if you are suitably terrified by a naked tramp and a white dog, knock yourself out - but if you're made of slightly sterner stuff, download Dark Matter or The Waiting Room instead.
The narrator does a passably job but as the story drags through the middle of the book he also loses the will to live. He narrates the Japanese housekeeper, Mrs Teramaku well but it seems slightly strange that he gave a New England doctor almost the same accent!
The twist at the end is quite clever but at that point I just felt so 'meh' about the characters, the story and the outcome that it only warranted the merest raising of eyebrows.
I listen to the vast majority of my audiobooks at night, before I go to bed. This is the first time one has given me nightmares, two days running!!! I'm either a big Betty or this is very scary!
A family in a remote Maine fishing town is trying to cope with a troubled son, who since a near fatal drowning, has become extremely agrophobic. As winter brings more calamitous weather, residents report sightings of a white Hound of the Baskervilles and a strange albino man.
Are these sightings part of a cabin fever town-wide paranoia or is it something to do with the numerous scary drawings the son has been squirreling away?
"troubled boy, troubled waters"
I think people who gravitate to this genre will like this one. I'm more on the periphery, but even so, there was enough suspense to keep me listening. I wasn't on the edge of my seat, but I did want to learn what was causing the strange sightings, and what it had to do with the little boy. Sometimes the writing was a little heavy handed, with lots of comparisons to blood, ghosts, etc. (I think there was one where the teeth were like tombstones?) But then, it's all part of the fun, and the ending was very good. I always enjoy Bronson Pinchot. For some reason, he sounded about the same when I played my iPod at 2x, so that's how I listened to this one.
"I loved this book!"
Not having read the print version, I can only say that I wasn't able to flip to the end and spoil it, and I could never have done justice to the accents.
The person reading the book gets the accents perfectly and I honestly didn't see the end coming. It's definitely worth the credit.
I think this is an interesting story that looks at the way parents and children interact, while learning to deal with tragedies perceived.
Good story with an excellent plot twist.
Definitely a book to read by the fire on a a snowy night.
"Literally Demonizes Autism"
What began as a compelling mystery surrounding a chilly and gloomy Maine town quickly devolved into an inscrutable cautionary tale about having an autistic child. I only listened to it all the way through because I hoped it would redeem itself in the end... but it only got worse.
While the setting is atmospheric and the writing can be above average, this story lacks all depth and relate-ability, and after a certain point the plot and characters cease to be at all compelling. Worse than the monotonous parade of "sightings" and the cardboard characters was the portrayal of children with autism as less than people, so incomprehensible that their minds are literally dangerous.
Jack Peter (diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome) seems unreachable to his parents. But instead of trying to relate to the son that they have, they spend the entire story endlessly whining for a "normal, ordinary" child, instead of one so "broken" -- and the reader/listener is expected to relate to them. Ironically, every character in this story is unreachable. Their motivations are moronic, their reactions inscrutable, their personalities non-existent.
Instead of exploring the nuances of autism, this story literally demonizes it. So many scenes went as follows: Child does something normal. Parents tell him to stop and apologize for his behavior to others. Parents yell at him and tell him he isn't likable. Cue entire chapter of flashbacks of parents in hell raising a "quiet, calm" child, wishing he was "normal."
The takeway message: 1) children on the autism spectrum are "broken" but can be "fixed" by constantly criticizing their personalities; 2) parents of children with autism don't love them and shouldn't be expected to; 3) parents of children with autism shouldn't have to make small changes to adapt to their child's needs; 4) the "strangeness" of autism is not benign, but rather heralds demonic obsessions and aggressive stupidity.
Don't waste your time with this one.
Bronson Pinchot is a good reader.
The "pay-off" is not worth the read. Once again, this lack or originality will keep me from reading any more horror stories.
This is a really good scare and Bronson Pinchot excels as usual. Dark and haunting, it will stick in your head. 4 stars because I didn't like ending...preference only.
I totally bought by mistake. I was reading a different sample and loved it and clicked buy and I don't know how I ended up with the wrong book but either way. I thought it was going to be a good book but it just lagged. I was trying so hard to get into it since I paid for it and just couldn't. The audible narration was terrible. The guys voice when talking like a woman was the type of voice u make when ur making fun of an annoying person. I got so annoyed I skipped to the 3rd before last chapter and the same crap was still happening. And incase I had doubts the prist asked the mom if she had anything happen that could trigger the migranes and she just explained the whole story and I didn't miss a thing. The ended was terrible. Just a complete let down.. I'm so sad I wasted my money and accidentally bought this book. It just lagged and went on, and on.
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