I'm on a bit of a Victorian Gothic kick right now so the cover of this book would have had me intrigued even if it wasn't written by Patrick Ness. That's right, he of Chaos Walking fame. Automatic order. I didn't hear about this book until last week which is probably a good thing as there's not long to wait until the release, which is May 2.
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The monster showed up just 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... The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.
Costa Award winner Patrick Ness spins a tale from the final idea of much-loved Carnegie Medal winner Siobhan Dowd, whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself. Darkly mischievous and painfully funny, A Monster Calls is an extraordinarily moving novel of coming to terms with loss from two of our finest writers for young adults.
I don't know who Siobhan Dowd is but I'm looking forward to finding out. Can't. Freaking. Wait.