THE BOY WHO COULD SEE DEMONS: A Pleasant Surprise

The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
Reviewed by Katie

This book wasn’t at all what I expected, and I was pleasantly surprised. It tackles the topic of mental illness in children, specifically early onset schizophrenia. But there are moments when the demons seem VERY real, and I kept wondering if this was going to be a fiction book or a science-fiction book. The characters are all well done and I cared about them and rooted for them. The two viewpoints were Alex, the young boy with a possible mental illness, and Anya, his psychiatrist going through her own issues. Both were done well and I liked how they moved the story along – very smooth.

Another interesting facet is that the story takes place in Northern Ireland. The author alluded to there being a higher number of children with mental illness due to growing up in a…

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