Dr. Anya Molokova, a child psychiatrist, is
called in to work at MacNeice House, an adolescent mental health treatment center.
There she is told to observe and assess Alex Connolly, a keenly intelligent,
sensitive ten-year-old coping with his mother’s latest suicide attempt. Alex is
in need of serious counseling: He has been harming himself and others, often
during blackouts. At the root of his destructive behavior, Alex claims, is his
imaginary “friend” Ruen, a cunning demon who urges Alex to bend to his often
But Anya has seen this kind of behavior before,
with her own daughter, Poppy, who suffered from early-onset schizophrenia.
Determined to help Alex out of his darkness, Anya begins to treat the child.
But soon strange and alarming coincidences compel Anya to wonder: Is Alex’s
condition a cruel trick of the mind? Or is Ruen not so make-believe after all?
The reality, it turns out, is more terrifying than anything she has ever
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