We gave it a B-
”Age, nine. Condition, very poor” : Louis Drax — a.k.a. ”Wacko Boy,” a kid with a sharp mind and an antisocial imagination — has always been prone to mishaps, and now, in a shadowy ”accident,” he’s fallen down a ravine and into a coma so deep that the medics first send him to the morgue. His father (is it his real father?) is missing; his mother (is she a femme fatale?) has a bewitching way with Louis’ doctor; for a while, Jensen churns out nicely refined pulp. But her clear tone and restrained imagery are mismatched with her supernatural plot, and as the comatose patient begins using his sleepwalking doctor as a conduit, The Ninth Life of Louis Drax‘s twists look far more silly than spooky.