This is more of a story about loss and less about horror. I enjoyed the book so much and the quality of the illustrations are so overwhelming. The pictures are great additions and they really help connect the reader with the events. I completely love the complexity of this work. The main character is such a deep emotional boy and the monster is even better. To say there are no flaws is a lie. Of course this book is not realistic but then it's not too supernatural either to spook people. However, the plot could have been weaves further and Ness could've taken everything a step higher. There is still so much unexplored and many Themes could've been more prominent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the captivating black and white pictures makes it all the more satisfying.