The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue audiobook

The Boy Who Drew Monsters: A Novel

By Keith Donohue
Read by Bronson Pinchot

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9781250057150
9.88 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014

An October 2014 LibraryReads Pick

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"[A] chilling Christmastime horror yarn…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.” Entertainment Weekly
“Ingenious…Donohue unspools his simple story patiently, delivering jolts when necessary, but mostly concentrating on the stress generated in a family with an unhappy child. It’s a modest novel, elegantly worked, with a nice chilly twist at the end.” New York Times Book Review
“Clearly, we are in the territory of the wholehearted, up-for-anything gothic, which even as it undertakes a melancholic exploration of the lost, forlorn, and bereft operates with the volume cranked and the plot on greased wheels. As a writer, Donohue always seems to know exactly what he is doing….and in The Boy Who Drew Monsters he twists the screw on Jack with the finesse of an expert. It is a pleasure to watch him glide along, pulling one squirming rabbit after another from his copious hat.” Washington Post
“A classically hypnotic horror story…The Boy Who Drew Monsters dissolves notions of reality and fiction and leaves behind an eerie narrative about what haunting aberrations might lurk just outside our peripheral vision.” Time Out (New York)
“An eerie, unsettling novel about the monsters outside your door…and the ones inside all of us…Donohue fills his pages with intimacy and dread and whips up an ending that’ll take your breath away.” Christopher Golden, Bram Stoker Award–winning author
“Both an eerie, engrossing tale of the supernatural, with a sting in its tale, and a superb evocation of troubled youth. The Boy Who Drew Monsters reminds us that there is no rage like the rage of children.” John Connolly, Edgar Award-winning author
“The ghostly influence of Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw haunts this chilling novel…Donohue is an adept creator of atmosphere…A brisk and winningly creepy narrative.” Publishers Weekly
“The novel unfolds through rich prose and a deeply imagined story…The final page—the final sentence, really—comes as a clever surprise but one that resonates soundly. Fans of Donohue’s first novel, The Stolen Child, will be pleased. Also recommended for readers of Joe Hill.” Library Journal
“This is a traditional horror story—something you could easily imagine Graham Masterton writing—with a delicious twist near the end that makes you rethink everything you’ve just read.” Booklist
“Donohue’s writing is as evocative as Jack Peter’s drawings, both startling and heavy with emotion…A sterling example of the new breed of horror: unnerving and internal with just the right number of bumps in the night.” Kirkus Reviews
“If Bronson Pinchot’s name is listed as narrator on an audiobook, download the book and don’t worry about its topic. In this case, he’s shaping the chilling story of a boy named Jack Peter, an agoraphobic with Asperger’s syndrome who is holed up in his home on the Maine coast during the winter. Pinchot makes the story, with his Northeastern accents and his abbreviated, and sometimes eerie, childlike tones. As fascinating as the main characters are, however, it’s a priest and his caretaker who are given the most distinctive voices, along with the tipsy father of Jack Peter’s pal. And there’s no mistaking the terror in the voices of Jack Peter’s mother and father as they’re swept along by terrifying events.” AudioFile
“It will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Keith Donohue manages to peer into the darkest nightmares of childhood and beckon forth the monsters from the closet…Atmospheric and haunting. The Boy Who Drew Monsters is all the more chilling because it is grounded in real family life, with its heartbreaks and tenderness.” Eowyn Ivey, author of The Snow Child
“There are no monsters. That’s what Jack Peter’s parents tell him and what I kept telling myself as I got sucked deeper and deeper into this delectably chilling novel…The Boy Who Drew Monsters left me breathless and reeling, questioning the line between what is real and what is imagined—and realizing that the meeting of the two is where true terror dwells.” Jennifer McMahon, author of Promise Not to Tell
“Keith Donohue has crafted a brooding, Serlingesque tale of tragedy, heartbreak, and the things that go bump in the night. Creepy, nostalgic, and understated, The Boy Who Drew Monsters is a tale meant for the dark of night, but most will want to enjoy it with all of the lights on.” C. Robert Cargill, author of Dreams and Shadows

Reviews

Reviews

by Charla 9/13/2017
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Excellent Audiobook - Best Psychological and Paranormal Horror To Date

Absolutely riveting! Jack is a gifted young artist with Asperger’s with a deathly fear of the outside. Trapped in his home by his deep fear, he struggles to keep himself safe from the noises on the outside and the monsters that want in – they want him! As strong as his fear is, he is also harboring a secret that is tearing him apart – a secret with a responsibility that no one can comprehend. Although he must put an end to the secret, it could be deadly to those around him. No one knows what happened three years ago, but Jack does! That’s when it all started … the evil … the fears … the noises.

His unsuspecting friends and family are captive to the same monsters; they just don’t know it yet. A supernatural tale with a psychological twist or two.

Donahue takes heartbreak, fear, and childhood nightmares twisting them into dark, evils that lurk just outside the edge of reality. It is a book that will haunt you from day one. Donahue is a wordsmith that vividly paints with words in dramatic detail drawing the listener in and putting them through the same fears.

The narrator, Bronson Pinchot was excellent. He spoke clearly and became each of the characters. His performance was pitch perfect and captivating with his strong yet soothing voice. I thoroughly enjoy listening Bronson Pinchot’s performances. He never disappoints! The audio production was excellent; I had no issues.

I rate The Boy Who Drew Monsters with a 4.5 star rating for exciting, creative and captivating.

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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M. Night Creepy

This is a novel that should be optioned by M. Night Shyamalan, in that it reminded me of The Sixth Sense. The ending came with the same surprise of a Shyamalan film. The slow pace of the book gives it the feel of being literary. At times, the feel led me to believe that nothing supernatural was actually happening. It wasn’t until others saw the monsters that the little boy with Aspberger’s and agoraphobia spent all day drawing that it was clear something creepy and corporeal was really happening. With Bronson Pinchot’s superbly macabre pacing and voicing, this is a definite must-listen for those who like movies like Signs and The Village.
by Holly 9/13/2017
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Spooky

This book starts off with a subtle creepiness that by the end has turned to full-blown horror. Bronson Pinchot's even pacing accentuates the terror as it grows chapter by chapter. This is a book that will keep you going, desperate to figure out what's real and what's not, who's crazy and who's sane—if anyone.

Author

Author Bio: Keith Donohue

Author Bio: Keith Donohue

Keith Donohue is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Stolen Child, The Angels of Destruction, and Centuries of June. His work has been translated into two dozen languages, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post, among other publications. A graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Donohue also holds a PhD in English from the Catholic University of America. He lives in Maryland.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Horror
Runtime: 9.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English