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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,390 ratings  ·  421 reviews
Alex ha dieci anni, vive a Belfast, ama le cipolle sul pane tostato ed è capace di dondolarsi sulle gambe posteriori della sedia per quattordici minuti ininterrotti. Il suo migliore amico è Ruen, un demone che ha 9000 anni. Ruen gli parla dal buio nel quale vive, lo conforta, gli dice che cosa può fare per salvare sua madre dalla depressione nella quale è caduta… Quando la ...more
Hardcover, La Gaja scienza, 416 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Longanesi (first published 2012)
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Izzy Two different endings for two versions: the British edition and the American edition.
From what I recall the American publishers asked the author to…more
Two different endings for two versions: the British edition and the American edition.
From what I recall the American publishers asked the author to change the ending so that it would "fit" the American market or something like that.(less)
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karen
There's an Irishman, an Englishman, and a Scottish bloke washing the side of a skyscraper. Every
day at lunchtime they sit on their balcony overlooking the city and eat their sandwiches. One day the Englishman opens his lunchbox and gets really angry. "Ham again!" he says. "If my wife packs me one more ham sandwich I'm going to throw myself off this balcony." The Scottish bloke opens his lunchbox and finds a cheese sandwich. "Cheese sarnies again!" he says. "If my wife packs me one more cheese sa
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is an easy read about a difficult topic. It explores the demons of the mind rather than the demons of fantasy and horror novels. Make no mistake, these demons are terrifyingly real to those suffering from mental illness. Using the alternating voices of a ten-year-old boy and a middle-aged child psychiatrist, author Carolyn Jess-Cooke touches on issues of schizophrenia, dissociative identity disorder, and the burden of trauma that continues to weigh on those who grew up in Northern Ireland d ...more
Scarlet
3.5

Though structured and paced like a thriller, what this book really is, is a finely sketched portrait of pain. And I don't mean the passive kind, where you feel for characters because they have tragic back-stories. No, this pain is personal; it's deeper, more penetrating and quietly horrifying. When the finale played out, I swear my heart skipped a beat because I was so shocked, and then it just broke.

The Boy Who Could See Demons was a book I requested on a whim. I had no major expectations go
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
This book was more of an 3.5 stars.

Alex is a young boy who lives with his mom in not the greatest of environments. She has tried to commit suicide several times and they are dirt poor. Alex is such an unusual boy though. He is way smarter than his years and there is the fact that he sees demons. In particular one demon named Ruen. Ruen appears to him mostly as a old man.


Ruen says he is helping Alex and I do see that he does that somethings but all in all-he is a shit. Being a demon allows that
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
This is a nuanced, deeply disturbing book, one that's difficult to review, precisely because it's brilliant. It's like peeling an onion: the more you peel, the more you realize there's always another layer.

Set in Northern Ireland in 2007, the book alternates between the point of view of Anya, a 43-year-old child psychiatrist grieving the suicide of her young daughter, and Alex, a 10-year-old boy living in the slums of Belfast with a depressed, suicidal mother, an absent father who disappeared a
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Robert
Demons propagate this novel to the point of a psychological nightmare, creating suspense and tension with every turn of the page. But it’s not always the demons on the outside, the ones that are clearly evil and visible, that we need to try to eradicate. Many times the demons on the inside, the ones that appear when we look in the mirror, are just as bad, if not worse than the fiends who tear through society with more force than a tornado.

Every time I sit down at my laptop computer in a writing
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Amber
I don’t think the combination of words exist for me to explain how much I love this book.

To start with I immediately love how the main character is a 10 year old because we often forget that young children can have mental disorders aswell as adults ad teenagers. I loved how the reader gets to really know Alex; as the boy who loves onions on toast and acting and not just as the boy who sees demons. I observed him as a boy with 2 distinct personality’s, the independent boy who wants to protect hi
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Tania
One in five Northern Irish children will experience major mental health problems before their eighteenth birthday, with case studies flagging self-harm as a response to confrontation and shame for family involvement in violence.

This was an easy-reading book about a very interesting topic. It shows just how thin the line between reality and psychosis is. As a mom I can't imagine watching your child struggle with schizophrenia, there must be few things that would make you feel more helpless than
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Stuti (Turmeric isn't your friend. It will fly your ship
Pop your demons, burn your cookies and gather round the fire!

This is a very strange novel and a hard one to review, because everything I say might come out as a spoiler, now that I've read the ending and I know things for what they are.

The book swings between the narratives of Alex, the boy who could see demons, and Anya, the psychiatrist assigned to his case. While the issue at the crux of the novel is demons(or mental illness, if you aren't given to fantasies), from schizophrenia and depressi
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☔Diane S.
Anya, a respected psychiatrist, returns to Belfast in an effort to change the very real problem of the lack of psychiatric care available to treat the very real problems those who have lived through The Troubles and their children are experiencing. Cindy, a young mother, has tried to commit suicide and not for the first time. Her young son, Alex has tried to hurt a teacher and claims to see a demon named Ruen, who is telling him to do these things. Anya is assigned to the case of Alex.

Alex quick
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Patrice Hoffman
The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke is one of the most profound novels I've read in a while. Because of its protagonists, a deeply troubled ten-year old who can see demons and Anya, a psychiatrist who has her own demons to contend with. The Boy Who Could See Demons explores the affects of living in Northern Ireland during its political/religious conflict, PTSD, childhood schizophrenia, suicide, psychosis, and other supernatural occurances.

The voice of this novel alternates between
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Meli
Muy lindo libro, muy original y cautivador.
Creo que deja algunas preguntas sin respuesta, por eso va una estrella menos, pero en términos generales y aunque no estaba de humor para leer un drama, me encantó.


Nota: después de leer reviews acá durante una hora y agarrarme un tremendo dolor de cabeza ya que aparentemente no había ENTENDIDO PARA NADAAA este libro y eso inexorablemente me pintaba como alguien con problemas mentales (lo dice un review ahí abajo, si no entendés el libro los tenés porque
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bookczuk
How did I get through this whole book without realizing that Alex's last name was Broccoli?

I've come across children with different special abilities, but never one who saw demons, so the premise of this book interested me. There have been friends and family, who have deep troubles and debilitating mental illness, which, especially when talking to others, I refer to as so-and-so's demons. I was curious to see how this would play out.

Well written, captivating, heartbreaking, with a major twist th
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T. Edmund
SPOILER ALERT (throughout whole review)

The Boy Who Could See Demons intriguingly weaves together two narratives, that of the determined psychiatrist, and that of the supernaturally visioned boy. To say that this book was inspired by the sixth sense would be an understatement (although I note the end twist is NOT that the shrink is a demon.)

The novel has some real strengths throwing the two perspectives together as it does. The key tension of the novel is the question of whether the demons are re
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Bel Murphy
Having mulled this over, it's a 4.5 star rather than a 5.

This was a wake up call for me as an Irish person, albeit of the southern variety. The 1998 peace agreement brought to an uneasy conclusion 29 years of conflict in Northern Ireland, a period in which countless people on both sides of the divide lost their lives and where families were torn apart. The ceasefire was heralded as a new chapter in the province, filled with hope for an end to terror and violence.

That's the fairy story.

The rea
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Candice
The Boy Who Could See Demons is a deeply moving, yet charmingly insightful, tale of a young boy in Belfast. It’s more topical than the title suggests as the author delicately dances around the topics of: mental health (its treatment and cultural perceptions), the abilities of the social service system, and the ramifications of The Troubles. Though the issues seem serious, Alex’s witty and innocent nature keeps the story more light-hearted and hopeful. Carolyn Jess-Cooke has created a new type of ...more
JSou
IlovethisbookIlovethisbookIlovethisbookIlovethisbook. I already want them to make it into a movie so I can buy it on Blu-Ray.

I couldn't stop reading this once I started. It was a light, yet entertaining/disturbing read--perfect for reading straight through on a long car ride. (Side note: I have discovered reading on my Nook while in a moving car DOES NOT make me carsick! Woot!) This book + a kid that can drive = Good Road Trip.
Emma Kerry
I am struggling to review this as it is so amazing that I cannot find the words to summarise it effectively. The demons referred to are not demons in the physical sense, but emotional. This is a fast-paced psychological thriller of the best kind. I read it in one sitting, unable to put it down. I kept telling myself ‘just one more page’ until I finally reached the end around 3am. Even after I had finished, I found myself thinking about it. It is a completely disturbing story with so many layers, ...more
Fuka-chan
I feel like there's a lot that I wanted to say about this book. Just a second a go I was reading about Ruen and Alex and I feel their emotions, as if it was talking to me directly. How shall I start?
The beginning of this book was intriguing. Now I can honestly say that I really love when a story started with some random explanation made by kids. Alex started talking to you as he was writing to his diary. He started by telling he saw demons. All kinds of them. The precision of the description was
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Adriana
4.5/5 Stars

E-ARC contributed by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You know, this was my first really awesome experience with an ARC; I requested this title because of the gorgeous cover and because of the captivating descriptive blurb, but I got so much more than I thought I would. I got an amazingly engaging read that pulled me in one-hundred percent and beguiled me so much that I actually lost sleep over it. It's so rewarding as a reader to be treated to a true psychological thriller
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мєℓ
The Boy Who could See Demons is a really good surprise find. I stumbled across it at Waterstone's Tottenham a few months ago and the sound of it really appealed to my random reading muse.

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One chapter, one character. Alex’s story and Anya’s (him:10 years old and her: Alex Psy).

- Alex’s chapters chronicle him struggling to deal with his mother’s issues and upholding his relationship with a demon.
- Anya’s chapters follow as she investigates and diagnoses Alex’s illness while continuing to deal wit
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Chrissy
It always makes me excited to shelf a book on my beloved "FAVORITES" shelf here on Goodreads -- although, at times, I feel like I've read SO many books that I've heard and seen it all, making it seem IMPOSSIBLE to ever truly find another favorite novel.

However, I am thrilled to have my first FAVORITE book of 2014 -- and so early in the year, at that! When I picked up THE BOY WHO COULD SEE DEMONS, I had genuinely heard nothing about either the title or the author, and I shamefully chose the book
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Elii Vela

En cuanto vi este libro y aunque no conocía de nada a la autora, decidí que debía leerlo.

En Mi amigo el demonio, conocemos a Alex, un chico de 10 años que vive con una madre que sufre depresión severa, de su padre no sabe prácticamente nada. Alex comenzó a ver cosas a muy temprana edad y así fue como conoció a Ruen, el demonio. Hasta el día que un suceso tremendo obliga a los servicios sociales a llevárselo y ponerlo en tratamiento con Anya.

Anya es psiquiatra y es especialista en adolescent

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Hallie
When I saw the title of Carolyn Jess-Cooke's "The Boy Who Could See Demons" I immediately thought of "The Sixth Sense" with its boy who sees dead people. The comparison turns out to be apt. Both are stories about a boy and his psychiatrist, and in both the psychiatrist's secrets turns out to be even more extraordinary than the boy's.

The psychiatrist in the novel is Dr. Anya Molokova, a rising star who believes childhood schizophrenia should be aggressively diagnosed and treated. The boy, whom we
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Natasha
Wow, what a spellbinding book! I honestly couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in the characters and really cared about how their stories would end.

This is a chillingly dark tale revolving around a ten-year-old boy named Alex who claims to see demons, and the psychiatrist, Anya, who is treating him. Alex is haunted by one demon in particular, the sinister Ruen; a Harrower (upper level demon) who is thousands of years old. Although Alex perceives Ruen as his friend, it is pretty clear from the
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Kayla
When I first saw the synopsis for The Boy Who Could See Demons on Netgalley, I knew instantly it was a book I'd enjoy. I'm drawn to both underlying topics in this novel, the supernatural (demons and such) and the nature of the human mind. Not only did this story have an AMAZING ending, the characters made me fall in love with The Boy Who Could See Demons.

This novel is intriguing, heart-wrenching and beautifully imaginative. The story follows two characters: 10-year-old Alex, a smart, nurturing c
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H. Rose
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MyGoodBookshelf
I began this novel convinced that it would be a majorly exciting read, drawn in completely by the powerful, imaginative opening. It read like nothing I’d ever read before. I fell instantly in love with the characters and the authors writing style and it’s safe to say that I enjoyed the first half of the storyline immensely. It seemed to be a very easy read on a somewhat dark subject matter.

The story explores the complexities of mental illness within children. We meet ten-year-old Alex whose best
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Si Barron
An intensely readable book- precise prose which moves at a reasonable clip and is nicely focused with very well drawn characterisation. There is not much flab here to drag on the reader, although I wasn’t enamoured by the nascent-love sub-plot, and the jokes got a little irritating.

The main problem is resolution – or lack of one. The central plot ambiguity is left unresolved- or at least: it is not explicitly resolved. There were many instances (Alex’s improbable knowledge; The old man who enter
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Julie
The Boy Who Could See Demons is a Delacorte Press publication. The book was released in 2012.
Anya is a therapist that has dealt with mental illnesses her whole life, beginning with her mother, then with her daughter, Poppy. Sadly, Poppy lost her battle and died.
Now Anya has been given the case of ten year old Alex. Alex has witnessed his mother, Cindy, attempt suicide. Cindy has attempted suicide numerous times. Alex is above average in intelligence and vocabulary. But, he is deeply troubled. H
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I'm the author of the award-winning poetry collection INROADS (Seren, 2010) and THE GUARDIAN ANGEL'S JOURNAL, published by Little, Brown in the UK and Guideposts Books in the US, as well as 21 other languages. My second novel, THE BOY WHO COULD SEE DEMONS, was released in May 2012. I have also written/co-edited four academic books in the fields of Shakespeare and film. The US version of THE BOY WH ...more
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