Summary: A pacy, chilling ghost story from the creator of the internationally acclaimed Moorehawke Trilogy.
I think the fire changed us – me and Dom. I think that’s how the boy was able to see us. Though he’d been there for every summer of our childhood, we’d only been stupid boys until then. Stupid, happy, ignorant boys. And what in hell would he have had in common with two stupid boys? But after the fire we were different. We were maybe a little bit like him. And so he saw us, at last, and he thought he’d found a home…
Before you begin reading this review, I feel it is very important to mention that I have always been very biased towards novels with ghosts in. However, I also feel it is worth mentioning that this does not mean I automatically love every novel about ghosts, it simply means that I’m more predisposed to pick it up in the first place. So the fact that I absolutely adored this book could be because it involved ghosts, but actually it is because the story was highly entertaining, the writing was amazing, and because I simply lost myself in this book. It is one I would easily recommend to others.
Right from the very first sentence, this novel pulls you into a dark, emotional tale about a brother who is going through something incredibly traumatic. We start this journey finding out about a goblin boy and the family house burning down. What follows on from this is an incredibly eerie story full of creepy, tense moments that have you, quite literally, sitting on the edge of your seat. I found the plot to this book was excellent. It kept you on your toes, had you wanting to beg for mercy, and truly left a chilling feeling in your spine. I quickly found it difficult to put this book down, as well as rapidly finding myself emotionally invested in this story. Celine Kiernan has definitely worked this plot out exceptionally well.
One of the other reasons I continued reading this book was the truly realistic characters that were portrayed so well it was impossible not to find yourself emotionall invested in them. While all of the characters in this novel were well-written, my favourite character was Patrick. Patrick is a character who doesn’t feel strong without his twin by his side, he is a character who is lost but will stop at nothing to find what he’s looking for. Throughout his journey it is easy to see how strong he really is, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to hug him and tell him everything was going to be okay! Pat has his flaws, such as temper and fear but this just makes him so much easier to emphasize with. I guarentee you’ll just want to help him!
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As I made my way through this novel, I couldn’t stop myself from falling in love with Celine Kiernan. I have not read the trilogy she wrote before this book, but I’m certainly intrigued enough to give it a try at some point in the future and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more books from Celine. The reason for this is because I really enjoyed the writing style of this book. It is unique and compelling – not to mention supports a grand story – and it is just easy to see that Celine is a truly talented writer. There was never too much description, never too much much dialogue, and she just managed to capture the emotions of her characters so well. It just made it so easy to empathise with them, bringing forth many emotions and I think that is an absolutely amazing thing to do within a novel. She also managed to truly bring tension into the novel, helping to make it more entertaining and creepy. I, for one, will definitely be keeping my eyes for more books by her.
If it isn’t clear by now, I absolutely loved this book. It pulled me in from the very start and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. It had an amazing back story that was fully formed without any odd plot holes, it was incredibly creepy and eerie and it was just everything that I love in a good thriller/horror novel. I loved the idea of the Grey, and the naievity of Francis. I thought it was all really entertaining and truly horrific. It is a book that I would highly recommend to others and one that I am extremely glad that I tried. It is also a novel that I would happily read again. If you’re looking for a horror novel that will make it difficult to sleep, or a YA novel that just really packs a punch and is full of emotional intensity, then you should definitely give this book a read! This new book from Celine Kiernan will terrify your psychosis in a good way.
** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **