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 for cancer. The monster outside his window is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.
Stark black and white illustrations reflect Connor’s anguish as he struggles with his fears and the progression of his mother’s illness.
From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting novel of life and loss, and monsters both real and imagined.