Creature of the Night
by Kate Thompson
Bobby’s mother recently moved the family to a cottage in the country, far from his “bad influence friends” in Dublin. Bobby laughs at the simple country folk, such as old Mrs. Dooley, the landlady’s mother, with her tales of malicious fairies. When Bobby steals a car from the cottage and crashes it, he is forced to pay for it by working at the Dooleys’ farm. There he learns the disturbing history of the cottage: the previous renter went missing, the Dooleys say, and a girl was murdered there. And now that Bobby’s brother insists that a strange little woman is visiting the cottage at night, Mrs. Dooley’s tales suddenly seem terrifyingly real.
JLG Review: In Creature of the Night, a chilling suspense tale frames a powerful coming-of-age story. The novel’s eerie cover art and creepy premise will hook readers. However, its authentic teenage voice and realistic depiction of troubled family dynamics are what make this a memorable, affecting read.
NOTE: COHS Titans–The above review is excerpted from the Junior Library Guild. (Meaning that I didn’t write it and don’t want to take credit from something I didn’t do!) We belong to the Junior Library Guild and purchase four books from them each month, so we have access to these reviews. I’m going to start posting excerpts from the reviews in the hope that you will see what great books we get from JLG–and come check them out! If you want to read the whole review, ask your English teacher. I have made copies for him or her to post in the classroom.