Review: The Boy Who Drew Monsters

The Boy Who Drew Monsters
The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Simply put, I adored this book. There’s just no denying it. I am a sucker for good old fashioned literary horror. And in THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS, Keith Donohue delivers.
It is a wonderfully atmospheric book. Dark and dreamy, with all the melancholy charm of a morning mist, this drew me in very early on and never let go. It is filled with disturbing images that left their fingerprints on my imagination often as I read in the late evening or small hours of the morning.
Also, I found myself doing something unusual. I read this book slowly, savoring it. I knew the end would eventually come, but I was content to spend more time with Donohue’s starkly realistic characters and the world they inhabit that seems always on the edge of surreality. The last book I can recall feeling this way about was Graham Joyce’s THE SILENT LAND and in THE BOY WHO DREW MONSTERS, I often detected the presence of that eloquent wordsmith. As if his spirit was dwelling there between the words and paragraphs.
If you like your frights smart and subtle, this is a must-read. It’s as beautiful as it is disturbing.
I cannot wait to read the next one, Mr. Donohue. And I do hope there will be a next one.

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