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From what I recall the American publishers asked the author to…moreTwo 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)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Every time I sit down at my laptop computer in a writing ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The voice of this novel alternates between ...more
Alex quick ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
The characters depicted in this book are both realistic and empathetic. Alex’s mother is depressed, self destructive and cries out for help and yet amongst this gloom her light shines on t ...more
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 ...more
10-year old Alex Connolly comes from a difficult home. His dad is gone, his mom is depressed and he's just made an unusual friend name Ruen, who claims to be a demon. Anya is the psychologist assigned to Alex's case. Anya has troubles of her own with the anniversary of some recent tragedy in her own life. The chapters alternate between Alex and Anya. With Alex get ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This novel is intriguing, heart-wrenching and beautifully imaginative. The story follows two characters: 10-year-old Alex, a smart, nurturing c ...more