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The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

I first met my demon the morning that Mum said Dad had gone. 'My name is Alex. I'm ten years old. I like onions on toast and I can balance on the back legs of my chair for fourteen minutes. I can also see demons. My best friend is one. He likes Mozart, table tennis and bread and butter pudding. My mum is sick. Ruen says he can help her. Only Ruen wants me to do something really bad. He wants me to kill someone.'

Reviews

This book is quite simply brilliant to read, full of emotion and some heart wrenching plot twists; the tale of Alex and Anya is an extremely memorable one, and one of the best books with a child protagonist I've ever read. Of all the themes touched on, the most prominent one is pain - of every kind. 8/10 * Guardian * A rare and intriguing book, both emotionally and intellectually challenging * Helen Grant, author of The Vanishing of Katerina Linden * Gripping from the opening paragraph to its final revelations . . .Touching and painfully funny * Julia Crouch, author of Every Vow You Break * It's a stunning story - a well-researched, authoritative delve into psychosis, guilt and damage . . . The book is beautifully written, with compassion and insight . . . thrilling, wholly plausible and utterly satisfying * Julia Crouch, author of Every Vow You Break * Top-notch psychological suspense. From her descriptions of a struggling young family to a recovering Northern Ireland, Jess-Cooke effortlessly draws you into one woman's fight to save a troubled boy. Beware what you think you know. It might be only the demons talking . . . * Lisa Gardner, New York Times bestselling author of Touch and Go * The Boy Who Could See Demons is an absolute chiller. Deep, moving and utterly gripping, I was riveted from the unsettling beginning to the mindbender of an ending. This is a stellar read that will stay with me a good long while * Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Lies * A psychologically complex thriller, told with compassion in a marvellously suspenseful narrative that keeps you engaged from the first page to the last.This novel has it all: a dark and dangerous setting, characters full of depth, rich emotions, and a clever plot.You'll fall in love with Alex - and his demons * Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing * Thought-provoking and suspenseful, even heart-warming at times, Cooke's novel proves the devil always had the best tunes as it impresses with a gripping tale or friendship, death and identity . . . a diabolically delightful read, which will charm the hell of out you with its strong narrative voice and memorable characters * The Star * In the vein of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this is a clever and enchanting novel for anyone who understands the importance of needing a friend . . . the new Audrey Niffenegger * Living North * Utterly captivating, this is a book I adored and savoured from the first to the very last magical page * Tess Gerritsen * Brilliant! Rich with fully formed characters and stunning psychological drama, this heart-gripping novel will keep you riveted from first page to last * Jeffery Deaver *


About the Author

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Following a PhD at Queen's University, Carolyn Jess-Cooke took up a lectureship in Film Studies at the University of Sunderland. She has published non-fiction books in Film Studies and Shakespeare and is the author of the multi award-winning collection of poetry INROADS.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th April 2012

Author

Carolyn Jess-Cooke

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Author's Website

www.carolynjesscooke.com/

Publisher

Piatkus Books an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780749953133

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