A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★

The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.


Conor’s been having the same nightmare over and over again ever since his mom started her treatments. So when he wakes up one night with a monster standing in front of his window, he is surprised to find it is not the one he expected.

The monster has come walking for Conor. It will tell him three tales. And at last, Conor will tell him a fourth.


A monster calls is a short book. You can probably read it in little over an hour. But my God, what an hour that is.

It is difficult to describe what exactly this book does to you. I cried for about half the book. It broke my heart. It gripped me tight and threw me head first into the character’s emotions. I hurt for Conor the way I rarely hurt for another character.

And at the same time, I hurt for myself too. This is a difficult book to read because it takes you back to a time when you suffered a loss similar to Conor’s. And it is hard to relive those feelings.

Yet it was also a beautiful book. It did not shy away from speaking some harsh truths about grief and that helped. It has a fairy-tale like quality to it that immediately pulls you in. It is in many ways dark but at the same time very hopeful.


A beautiful, heartbreaking story about grief.


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