A Monster Calls Review


This beautiful book was begun by the late Siobhan Dowd and finished by Patrick Ness. She died of cancer at the young age of 47 in 2009. RIP.


The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


This book is so beautifully written and it is truly captivating. It home for me. My best friend lost her mother recently to cancer and it made me think of her struggling through her grief now.

Conor is visited by a “monster”. The monster is there to help Conor by telling him three stories. One about a prince and queen. Another about an apothecary and a parson. The third is about an invisible man that makes himself visible.

The tree tells him these tales and the reason why he was called into each story. The reason he came walking to Conor was so Conor can tell him, his truth. Only then can Conor be free from his horrible night mare.

It was a great book and I loved the illustrations. I also know that it will be a movie in 2016. So that’s exciting.


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