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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Definitions (Young Adult) (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862303509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862303508
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A tale that interweaves contemporary teenage experience - strong language, bad habits and all - with Irish folklore and a murder mystery" (Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times)

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From this multi-award winning author comes a gritty, hard-hitting tale of disaffected youth, but not without a hint of Kate's signature fantasy.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hazi Wye on 12 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was a non-stop, eeire journey of Bobby, a boy from Dublin, forced to leave his city life of joyriding, stealing, gangs and drugs for a quiet country town. His younger brother claims to have seen a creature of the night. Suddenly old neighbours' tales don't seem so fictional as an unexplained disappearance, gossip about a murder and eeire scratches at the dog flap mean that Bobby must try to tame his wild side.
I am a 14 year old girl, but that is not to say that it cannot be enjoyed by boys, in fact it may be of a more male read. There is a certain amount of swearing included in this book. Personally I found it very intriguing and I could not put it down! It is a definite page-turner and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By alice on 25 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, as I thought the characters where believable, their situation was interesting and there seemed to be a lot of mysterious twists that makes you want to read on.

However, for me, a lot of the book (particularly in the middle) was irrelevant, pointless and quite boring. I was unsure as to who the book is meant to be aimed at, it starts of well, but the middle seems to be aimed mainly at teenage boys, as there's a lot of swearing, talk of stealing and other stuff, then it suddenly switches to the supposed "main storyline" (which, by the way, came across really weak) about fairies. The annoying thing is that the ending doesn't resolve the mystery, it still leaves you in the air...

But I think it's worth reading if your over 13 because it's (apart from the plot) well written and at times can be scary and intersting.
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By Myles Albon-Crouch on 23 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
Interesting view into a different life, yet with a sprinkle of sci-Fi and mystery. Great balance, worth the read. Enjoy.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eljay on 17 May 2009
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Frightening, funny, sad and hopeful. Kate Thompson makes every aspect very real - especially the parts that could be imaginary.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A great story about a troubled teen 12 May 2009
By Maggie Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It is hard to categorize this book. Bobby is a delinquent, thieving, foul-mouthed, rebellious Irish teen who is moved by his troubled mother to a house in the countryside. She is hoping that Bobby, removed from the bad influences of Dublin, will be able to start over. Or at least that she, Bobby and his younger brother can hide from the creditors. Oh, one small thing: the house may or may not be haunted. The previous tenant disappeared. Fascinating and richly drawn neighbors balance the mom's lousy parenting. All of the characters are many-sided and realistic. There are no pat answers to any of the questions, but the story will suck you in and keep you reading far into the night.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rare, sensitive 5 Mar. 2011
By M. S. du Toit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book swept me away.

The "hero" is a young boy that most of us would avoid knowing, and would judge out of hand as a burden on society, a juvenile criminal, callous and violent. And yet Kate Thompson succeeds in portraying him sensitively and sympathetically without excusing his behaviour.

The characters are convincing and fascinating, and I finished the book feeling as though I had really spent the time inside somebody else's head, and learnt something new about how the world works.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great story heading in a direction you don't expect. 27 Dec. 2012
By NM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I must say when I initially bought this book I wasn't enticed by the premise. I just bought it hoping for a thriller to pass the time. It started off slowly enough and I wondered where the narrative was heading. I didn't pay attention as the characters were slowly introduced and fleshed out until you came to care for them. I held on as the plot took me along with enough incentive to turn just one more page. By the halfway point I realized I was completely hooked. The author took her time bringing you in like a frog in a slow boil. The plot takes you in an unexpected way as you follow the troubled teen on his discovery on who is the true creature of the night. Great read. Highly recommend.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good Story with Rough Language 2 Sept. 2012
By T. King - Published on Amazon.com
I agree that this was pretty well written and engaging. I would have preferred a bit more scare and a little less of the bad boy exploits. This book has been recommended for grades 8 and up. The characters in this tale are very rough and their language is equally rough. The author uses the F-BOMB quite a bit. Parents may want to consider this before letting their children read the book.
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