Clark Collis
November 19, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Boy Who Drew Monsters

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Keith Donohue
publisher
Picador USA

We gave it an B+

In The Boy Who Drew Monsters, this chilling Christmastime horror yarn concerns a couple, Tim and Holly Keenan, and their Asperger’s-suffering son, Jack Peter, who experience a string of inexplicable phenomena. Are they the result of Jack Peter’s obsessive monster-drawing habits? Are they connected to a shipwreck that happened near their home? Or is one or more of the principal characters losing their grasp on sanity? You’ll have to read it to find out. Warning: Like a child’s attention, the book may seem to wander in its final third before ultimately revealing itself to have been horribly on point all along. B+

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