The Good Demon (Hardcover)

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Laura's September 2018 pick, 2 of 2

The book begins shortly after Clare's lifelong companion, a demon, has been exorcised by a local preacher and his son. She's miserable, and all she wants is to get Her back so she can feel whole again. If you pick up this book (which you should), you will find yourself aching for Clare and the connection she's lost. You will find yourself rooting for her as she gets closer to the son of the very man who caused her so much anguish, and you'll be on the edge of your seat as she uncovers far more than she ever bargained for in her quest to reunite with her demon.

Clare also reads a lot like someone with DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), and it feels like a lot of research went into portraying that accurately and respectfully. As someone with loved ones who deal with DID, those elements made the story even more compelling.

— From Laura

About the Author

Jimmy Cajoleas grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. He spent years traveling the country and playing music before earning his MFA from the University of Mississippi. His debut YA novel, The Good Demon, received three starred reviews, from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, who called it “eerie and compelling.” He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For…

"Evocative language will grab readers by the throat and forge an unforgiving connection to Clare's despair and desperation. The gorgeous black-and-white artwork centered on mysterious symbols has a palpable mysticism about it . . . Eerie and compelling. Fast track it to the top of the TBR pile."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Cajoleas builds a wonderfully macabre mood in his southern gothic novel, filled with economic ruin, witchcraft, religious zealotry, and grotesque moments of horror . . . Thoughtful, compassionate, and subtle commentary on faith, addiction, and grief is icing on an already captivating (and chilling) cake.  Readers who like their horror on the literary side will love this."

— Booklist

"With a careful build and a terrifying first-person narration, Cajoleas (Goldeline) offers up a story interested in free will that is as gently ominous as a silent car coasting over a road on a hot, humid summer night."

— Publishers Weekly

"This quirky tale is thought-provoking."

— School Library Journal

"Cajoleas pulls off an impressive feat here, initially presenting Clare as a highly unreliable narrator and then making it very clear that it’s the people around her who are living in their twisted version of reality. . . . Blood and violence meet a crisis of identity in a compelling story for lovers of disturbing, resonant fantasy."

— The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781419731273
ISBN-10: 1419731270
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: September 18th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English