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One to watch: The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

19 Feb

The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

If you liked Room or When God Was a Rabbit (this is possibly a bit like saying ‘if you drink water or eat food’) this debut release coming out in May is definitely one to add to your reading list. I haven’t read it yet so this is just a heads up <disclaimer alert> but the hype is building up nicely…

Comparison to a big-name author: check

‘The next Audrey Niffenegger,’ says Company magazine.

Possibility to link author’s novels to money-spinning bestsellers: check

We’ve already clocked Room and When God Was Rabbit. See also: ‘The Lovely Bones meets It’s a Wonderful Life.”- The Sun

A quirky storyline with a touch of the supernatural: check

Hot on the heels of The Night Circus, The Land of Decoration, The Snow Child (all of which are IMMENSE, I should add) this one similarly tap dances between magic and reality and has the promise of becoming a big seller.

Enough already! What’s it all about?

Carolyn Jess-Cooke released The Guardian Angel’s Journal last year, which actually has an alright premise – woman dies and is sent back to earth and back in time to become her own guardian angel – but the jacket and title didn’t do it any favours…

The Guardian Angel's Journal by Carolyn Jess-Cooke

This time, the plot sounds stronger – and the artwork’s much better.. (I know we’re not meant to judge books by covers but it is your first introduction to the story, after all). It follows the story of magnificently named Alex Broccoli and his unusual childhood friend:

“Alex is ten years old, likes onions on toast, and can balance on the back legs of his chair for fourteen minutes. His best friend is a 9000-year-old demon called Ruen.”

I’ve known a fair few demons in my time, so I reckon Broccoli and I will have a few things in common. As the story unfurls and Alex starts attending sessions with a child psychiatrist,  the reader’s forced to question whether Alex is suffering from schizophrenia – or if the demons might be a little more real than we’d like to think…

SOUNDS GOOD, RIGHT! It’s out in May published by Piatkus. Keep an eye out…