Jack Peter is an inquisitive troubled little boy that eavesdrops on conversations which shouldn't be heard. Diagnosed with a phobia of not being able to venture outdoors, stress becomes a burden on the family when ambitions are forced to be put aside for full time care of the boy. Parents Tim and Holly soon find a strange wedge forced between them. The relationship suffers as support groups become their new hobby. As for Jack, his long lasting friendship with Nick becomes a crutch that provides an important release to his sanity. As the refusal to set foot outdoors become dominant, his mind forms into a deep place to live. This dark dwelling spurs an art talent with unknown magical realism. Jack becomes his own creator of forms not of this world which can only exist in a conception of a disturbed small boy.
From the heart and soul of a child comes a tale of creative imagination turning into reality. This leads to an awful presence hiding under the bed awaiting life given by the conception of a youth. A wave of longing to feel stirs dead emotions within the mind of a polite, obedient, shy kid. Seemingly ordinary on the outside, shifting emotions cause a reversal in the real world. The reader is shown a troubled family touched by bad decisions and the consequences it brings. A haunting tale is then introduced with things that go bump in the night, spirits seemingly existing within a house, and macabre answers to frightful questions. Donohue has created a Grimm's Fairy Tale for adults. Dark suspense and a feel for the unknown represent this book in a big way. Be advised to leave the lights on and make sure no shadows exist while reading this tale.
American novelist Keith Donohue presently lives in Maryland. Providing tiny gems such as The Stolen Child and The Boy Who Drew Monsters, Keith has become not only a New York Times Bestseller, but King of Fairy Fiction. Leaving childhood and the nature of searching for an identity in this huge world is an ongoing developmental theme in Donohue's stories. His experience at speech writing for chairmen, working in home construction, and involvement in a box office theatre, has given way to bigger goals. Writing reviews for the Washington Post and a Ph.D. in English along with a specialization in modern Irish literature bestows a combination for readers to reap the benefits for many years to come.
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 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.