Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Creature of the Night, by Kate Thompsen

Bobby isn't your typical teenager from Dublin. He's part of a gang that steals cars, money, phones, iPods, and anything they can get their hands on. It's hard-wired into his brain. So, when his ma makes him move to the middle-of-nowhere to keep him out of trouble, naturally, Bobby isn't happy. He tries to find a way back to Dublin, but instead ends up having to work on a farm for his landlord. From them, Bobby hears about the child who got murdered in the house he's living in, and the previous tenant who disappeared. Then, his little brother starts obsessing over a little fairy woman who comes to visit in the night, and somehow, his house just doesn't seem that safe anymore. Join Bobby as he lives on the edge, dealing with his crazy brother and money-challenged ma, just trying to figure it all out before something horrific happens to someone else.

Creature of the Night is a fictional story with a little bit of horror and suspense stuffed in. It's got a very raw feeling, as if you're there with the people, and they don't care whether you're there or not. Everyone in the story has some type of attitude, which adds to the tension you feel. As you read, you can feel the main character, Bobby, changing in the way he thinks and feels toward others. The setting is described in a way where there's not too much detail, but just enough to let your imagination fill in the blanks. I really liked this book because it seemed so real, aside from the fairy part. I would recommend Creature of the Night to anyone who likes suspenseful, rough-around-the-edges books. This book is best for older teens, since bad language is used a lot. It was very exhilarating book!

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: coatesville, pa usa