Pat’s narration is marked by vivid descriptions and consistently polished, well-paced prose… The otherworldly goings-on are grounded in the family lives of the village their Nan grew up in, adding intriguing nuances to the psychological drama. A gripping, highly original ghost story.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Kiernan’s beautiful and haunting novel is full of mystery and suspense with continuous plot twists and turns. The narrative voice is compelling and honest while capturing the emotional terror the teen has to face. The refreshing, multidimensional characters drive the story line and readers will connect with them because of the poignant and touching moments. A captivating read that combines Irish history with the supernatural.
—School Library Journal
Dom and Pat share a deeply loving bond, which makes Pat’s panic over Dom’s transformation palpable. In stark, eerie passages, Kiernan tells a gripping story as much about the love between brothers as it is about ghosts.
Confident, pungent, and poetic. Family love, loyalty, and protectiveness are palpable in a well-drawn cast of characters, and the pace is frequently galvanized with energetic drama and dialogue pierced with Irish dialect.
—The Horn Book
Atmospheric… The tension and atmosphere are genuinely creepy. … A ghost story that encompasses heartache from two generations and the love brothers have for their twins—both living and dead.
Irish author Kiernan has a taut and atmospheric style, vividly capturing the Ireland of the early 1970s and its earlier twentieth-century shadows. … This offers a keen poignancy in its revisiting the years of the now old and the long-dead… American readers may not be familiar with the Irish Republican tensions and the period’s cultural landmarks, but they’ll be right at home with eerie, heartbreaking ghosts and a boy’s implacable loyalty to his beloved brother.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
This is a mysterious and suspenseful ghost story that will draw readers in from the start. … Kiernan is masterful in her ability to create believable characters… This is a chilling ghost story that will appeal to fans of the paranormal genre.
—Library Media Connection
The hallmarks of a perfect ghost story — terror, isolation, an unusual setting, the past intersecting with the present — are at the core of this terrific mystery. But what really makes it a stand-out? The deeply emotional connections between the characters. A ghost story with a heart. Love that.
If you’re in the mood for a scare this autumn, Kiernan’s beautiful novel comes highly recommended. Just read it in the daylight, maybe, and don’t say I didn’t warn you.