|The Boy WhoCould See Demons|
The boy in question, Alex Connolly, believes that he can see a demon named Ruen. The demon appears in four unpleasant guises and claims to be studying Alex to find out if the boy really is untemptable. Alex and his depressed mother live in a council house in Belfast. After one more suicide attempt by his mother and because of his own disturbing assertions, Alex is assigned to be evaluated by child psychiatrist Anya Molokova who, in spite of her name, is also a Belfast native. Anya's daughter, now dead, suffered from early onset schizophrenia, giving Anya some more metaphorical demons to wrestle with. The story is told in alternative excerpts from Alex and Anya's journals.
Alex's story is absolutely compelling, to the point where I started to wonder if Jess-Cooke wasn't going for something a little more fantastic. Alex's demon knew about things that Alex shouldn't have known. The Boy Who Could See Demons becomes more and more tense as events become less explicable, even with the diagnosis of the notorious schizophrenia. The best thing about this already great book is the ending. I did not see that ending coming.
But I will say no more, because that would just ruin the experience.