Before today's post, I want to point you all to this week's fun feature over on S. Usher Evan's blog #fallfortheindiebook--I'll be there all week, doing some fun stuff, and you should definitely come say hello! And for sure check out Evan's Razia Series while you're at it! :)
I think the fire changed us – me and Dom. I think that’s how the boy was able to see us. Though he’d been there for every summer of our childhood, we’d only been stupid boys until then. Stupid, happy, ignorant boys. And what in hell would he have had in common with two stupid boys? But after the fire we were different. We were maybe a little bit like him. And so he saw us, at last, and he thought he’d found a home… (Goodreads)
Thanks to Candlewick Press and LibraryThing for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.
Wow, was this a creepy read! Well, the first third or so at least had me kind of wishing I wasn't reading it late at night. After we are shown what was going on a bit more, it wasn't as freaky, but still, it's one heck of a story! I loved the setting and language in this one: the place (Ireland in the 70's) was spot-on for the story, and Kiernan has a way with words that pulls you in and paints such a lovely picture of the setting. Both sets of twins in the book were quite interesting, especially as all that happens unfolds. Personally, my favorite characters were the mom and the grandmother, as I loved their reactions and how inexorably real they felt, but basically the entire book was filled with people I wouldn't be surprised to run into on the street. And the ghosts? What a story! Not to give anything away, but their story will stick with you for sure. Overall, this was a great read, very atmospheric and chilling, but also a story of brotherly love and friendship. I highly recommend it!
Anyone else had the chance to check this one out?