Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: £4.68
includes VAT*
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. For details, please see the Terms & Conditions associated with these promotions.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

The Dead of Winter by [Priestley, Chris]
Kindle App Ad

The Dead of Winter Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
£4.68

Length: 225 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled

Kindle Books from 99p
Load up your Kindle library before your next holiday -- browse over 500 Kindle Books on sale from 99p until 31 August, 2016. Shop now

Product Description

Review

`A cracking nineteenth century style ghost story with some wonderful Dickensian characters, a puzzling plot line and revelations on Christmas Day'
--School Librarian

`A gripping, accessible read for 10 to 15-year-olds which I would highly recommend'
--School Librarian

Review

Praise for Tales of Terror from the Black Ship: 'A fantastic page-turner, with a really scary ending' Independent on Sunday Praise for Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror: 'Scare yourselves silly ... recalls the best of Edward Gorey in wickedness and humour ... Perfect for reading aloud' Observer Praise for Dead of Winyter: 'A superb little ghost story ... it's quite chilling, and has the capacity to give children a pleasingly good scare. It would make a great book for reading aloud over a series of nights' SFX 'Open a Chris Priestley Gothic ghost story and what seeps from the pages, like mist from a desolate marsh, is his sheer love of the genre. This passion not only shapes a gripping story with well-rounded characters, but lifts the level of writing well above similar Victorian chillers ... Deliciously creepy with lots of twists and turns to keep young readers on edge' Daily Mail

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FPWUNA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,443 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images or tell us about a lower price?


Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By Bookinda VINE VOICE on 29 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am not easily scared. There are very few books that can keep me awake at night through terror. With it's deliciously spine-chilling story, The Dead Of Winter managed that and had me on edge throughout.

Young Michael has lost both his parents and faces orphan hood in Victorian London, but on the day of his mother's funeral a surprise benefactor is revealed. Michael must go and spend Christmas in his new guardians home, the formidable Hawton Mere. Nervous to meet his new guardian, Sir Stephen, Michael's apprehension soon turns to terror as he approaches Hawton Mere in a carriage late at night and sees a ghostly woman in the marshes surrounding the stately home. Once inside his fear isn't abated as he finds Sir Stephen on the edge of insanity and dark secrets lurking in every shadow.

I love a gothic ghost story. There's nothing better than slipping back into an eerie past and being scared out of your wits. The Dead Of Winter is no disappointment and is gripping throughout.
In a book of this kind perhaps the most important character is the setting itself, and Hawton Mere is a fantastic, creepy mansion harbouring all kinds of secrets. Surrounded by cold dark marshes, Priestly truly sets the scene for a terrifying ghost story in this cold and unforgiving home. The descriptions of the surrounding areas are vivid and I could easily picture it while reading the book.

The characters are also brilliantly crafted and very much of their time. From the mad aristocratic guardian, lurking in every shadow and dripping secrets, to the fiercely loyal servants refusing to abandon the family that has seen such tragedy they are exactly what you want from this genre.
Read more ›
1 Comment 38 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Enjoyable read, a few creepy moments. I love the ending, though the book has a bit of a slow start. It's not a book with depth, and I now realise that it's because it's aim at young adults. And the reveal, of what the darkness is, is quite a twist.

Enjoyable read. Worth it for 99p which was the price I paid, though the price is 4 times as much now and I don't think it's worth that much for something that is just a cheap YA thrill, and more a novelette than a novel.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a bit of a guilty read, as it is aimed at young adults. However, once you get passed that, what you get is a highly enjoyable book, which will only take a couple of days to read. Parts of the plot are a bit contrived, and the ending feels fast tracked, but it hits the mark most of the time, spooky and atmospheric on an autumn day!
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
This book was lovely quick read and brilliantly unique. Set in the victorian era this book followed the story of a recently orphaned young boy who suddenly found that he had been made the ward of an aristocratic man who lived in a creepy house in East Anglia where he has been summoned to spend Christmas with.

The best thing about this book was that it was incredibly uninque in its premise and I don't think I've read anything quite like it. I enjoyed the setting of the Victorian era and loved how the author had written in a style which was in keeping with the time in which it was set. In fact I think the time setting made it even more creepy.

You begin the story not knowing quite what was going on while feeling for the main character Michael having just lost his mother and then been forced to go and stay in a place he doesn;t know with people he doesn't know. As things start to happen you don;t quite know what to believe and don't know whether things are happening or whether they are in Michael's mind.

As the story carries on you begin to find more out about the house where he is staying and the faily he is staying with. All the characters you met are wonderfully written and the plot twists and turns brilliantly as you get closer to the end. There were certainly scenes which were very chilling and creepy as the mystery untangled. I must say I didn't quite see where the book was going and I definately didn't see the final outcome.

A fab book which will creep you out and keep you guessing to the very end.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2010
Format: Hardcover
THE DEAD OF WINTER is a brilliantly atmospheric, gothic ghost story for younger readers. The story is narrated by a young boy, Michael. Following the death of his mother - which leaves him an orphan - he is told that he is to spend the festive season at Hawtorn Mere at the mansion of a man he hardly knows. All he knows about this man is that his own father died saving his life. But the house has a secret, a secret which does not want to remain secret anymore.

Priestley has done a fantastic job at creating believeable characters and a brooding setting. The marsh land which surrounds the house is brilliantly described and adds to the feel of the book. Ghost stories are hard to write well, but Priestley has done a good job - he truly draws you into the story, pulling you along with Michael so that you feel as though you are living every word with him.

I would thoroughly recommend this book to all people who enjoy an atmospheric, gothic book. Even adults will feel the tingles on their spine whilst reading this - absolutely brilliant!
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

click to open popover