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Beyond: A Ghost Story

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  618 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Janeis not your typical teen. She and her best friend Lexi call themselves the Creep Sisters. Only Lexi knows why Jane is different from anyone else: Her own shadow seems to pull her into near-fatal accidents. Jane is determined to find out why these terrifying things happen, and to overcome her shadow enemy. Her sleuthing with Lexi connects her own horrors to the secret h ...more
Hardcover, 226 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Wendy Lamb Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Beyond is the second young adult book by a Canadian male author I’ve read in the last year (first was The Repossession by Sam Hawksmoor), they were both published by Hodder, and they’re both original and refreshing. I’m even more picky and difficult with horror than I am with steampunk, which is why I’m especially happy to report that the horror parts of this story met my extremely high standards. But I’m getting ahead of myself here…

Jane is afraid of her own shadow… literally. Every time she fa
So, back when I was a sweet little tween, I was easily freaked out by Fear Street books and the like (especially the Cheerleader series, CREEPED ME OUT, I wouldn't go showering after games at the gym is noone was around anymore, the girl dying because of boiling shower and steam still haunts me). And though I don't really read or watch scary stuff much these days, I figured this would get me back to those days in which I LOVED them.

Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out that way for me.

You see
Daniel Bonk
I read the book “BEYOND”. I think this book is great because it’s about a girl named Jane dying multiple times and trying to avoid her shadow that’s seems to be trying to kill her. Later in the book she meets this demon face to face while she died again and she seemed to have got away, or did she. Ever since she meet her shadow she has been seeing things and feels as if she’s being watched.
I liked this book because of its intense moments and crazy encounters, but I would have changed the chara
Jasmine Kaypour
This book was phenomenol! This book was extremely easy to understand,but also had some difficult vocabulary too. The book had many character changes and had a very important theme. Lexi, Jane and Janes parents all changed. Lexi changed beacuse she went from overprotective to calm. " Im not worried anymore evr since you surgery ive learned to calm down."(209). This shows that Janes surgery and being done with all of her ghost and shadow creatures calmed Lexi down a lot! JAne changed from being a ...more
Beyond: A Ghost Story has in interesting premise and just enough creep factor to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Sara (she's called Jane in the blurb on the back of the book but Sara in the ARC) is recovering from a near-death experience. She still has the nail from the nail gun in her head. She was dead and brought back to life. Unfortunately, this seems to be a trend in Sara's life. She drank drain cleaner, grabbed a downed electric wire that was live, and almost got hit by a train before th
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
The story opens up with Jane attending doctors meetings to discuss the removal of a nail that is lodged in her skull. Something that doesn't seem to surprise her as she has lived through several other near-death situations throughout her young life. Electrocution, poisoning and a near miss by a train.

Although Jane's parents have known her whole life she is prone to "accidents" Jane knows that it is something else, something that is a part of her that is causing her accidents. Her Shadow. She has
Misty Baker
I am a rabid Stephen King fan. It’s just a fact of life in my house (kinda like breathing, or my inability to change out the garbage bag in the kitchen.) If there is a new book. I will buy it. Do not try to stop me or I will bite of your pinky toe. So when I got a catalog from Hachette in December with a book in it that said “If Stephen King wrote YA…” I knew I had to read it.

I will admit, my expectations weren’t all that high. It is Stephen King after all, and if you are going to throw around t
3.5 coffee cups
Beyond offers up a perfectly creepy ghost story with a twist that should delight young readers. McNamee delivered a tale filled with creepy goodness involving a ghost and a killer. This was a fast paced, easy read and I was thoroughly entertained.

The tale begins when we meet Jane. She has had several near death accidents and the most recent has her walking around with a nail in her head. Her parents think she is accident prone, others think she is suicidal but Jane knows the truth

I will run, not walk, to get the other books by Graham McNamee.

An intriguing concept: a young girl who has a near-death experience but survives to be haunted by... A compelling story: the concept is developed slowly and carefully, nuance and depth added piece by piece leading ultimately to an exciting and rewarding conclusion. Realistic, complex characters with depth: Jane and her best friend Lexi are interesting without verging on the annoyingly precocious adolescents of an adult's fantasy
I had never read Graham McNamee's work before and this was a good book to begin with. Short, fast-paced and spooky, it's the perfect late-night read. Jane is being haunted by a force that wants her dead. She and her best friend, Lexi, try to find out the source. I loved the "Creep Sisters" idea and thought Lexi was a great character. Jane was good, too-- although descriptions of her constant fatigue were, well, exhausting (even though that was the point). Although there was a scene at the very e ...more
I've always been a fan of stories about ghosts and spirits and so this book was right up my alley. Overall, it's a really good book. It really is an interesting, creepy, eerie, spooky, freaky and also a bit scary story. Filled with great characters and an interesting story and murder mystery, it will keep you interested. There were some negatives, I found there were some holes in the story and certain aspects that were not quite explained, defined or detailed enough for me but I did still really ...more
Beyond: A Ghost Story was a very strange yet interesting story. At first I couldn’t really get into the story because it was a type of book that I don’t usually read or enjoy reading. But after I got a few chapters in I didn’t want to stop reading. It’s a very thrilling book that keeps you flipping page after page. The way the book was written made most of the somewhat confusing story easy to understand. It was more short sentences then long paragraph like sentences. To me by doing this made it ...more
Isaiah Vela
The book overall was very well written, the plot was very well structured and the ending very unexpected. As I was looking for a book to read I had much trouble not knowing exactly what I wanted, but had an idea that I wanted a suspensful book and I was fulfilled at the end of the book. This book had a good twist to it, everytime I closed the book I had open it backup because i couldnt get enough. Yes the book is fiction and the plot is probably totally unrealistic its really interesting. I like ...more
In the last ten years there has been a popular trend of men and woman coming together to tell their stories of near death experiences. Memories that speak of the dead coming back from heaven or hell in order to spread the word of redemption. It is not too often that a book tells the story of a young adult coming back from the other side. A teenager that experiences something so unique that she does not necessarily describe it as good or evil. This book is about a young woman named Jane that has ...more
Jane has been haunted since she was born, with no heartbeat until the life was shocked back into her. Some people have one near death experience, but Jane can boast a whole handful of near misses. It's gotten a lot worse since a recent head injury that stopped her heart for five minutes. She's started sleepwalking and having horrible visions; she isn't sure what can be attributed to her head injury and what might be the ghost. Is it possible that something terrible came back with her from her fi ...more
Jane has survived poisoning, electrocution, a near-collision with a train, and most recently, a nail gun to the head. She's not accident-prone, or even suicidal, like people believe. Her shadow is trying to kill her.

Creepy, atmospheric teen thriller that reminds me of my middle-school days, curled up in a chair reading RL Stine's Fear street novels with all the lights on, though with slightly older appeal--8th grade and up, maybe, for those looking for a light scare.
Dakota Whitacre
This book was both creepy and heart warming. I recommend this book to everyone that loves suspense.
This is a SPOILER FREE review, so it’s a little shorter than I would like and I had to leave out some of the good stuff.

I like to think of this book as ‘if Stephen King wrote The Lovely Bones’.

We meet Jane, a teenager who has a surprising secret – her shadow is trying to kill her. It drags her into life-threatening situations and it’s miraculous that she’s still even alive. Then it takes a surprising turn when Jane discovers that she is linked (in the most horrendous way possible) to a serial ki

I enjoyed Beyond for being a unique ghost story. Even though, I haven’t read that many ghost stories. I felt the visions Jane had were pretty accurate and well described. By accurate I mean, when she was experiencing them, she reacted how someone would feel and act in real life. Jane was an enjoyable protagonist that was easy to root for. She has a lot of near-death experiences that the reader will need to expand his/her disbelief for. It made me wonder how she kept surviving. There a
This was definitely an interesting story to read. It was an easy read that I moved through quickly and enjoyed. However, it was a bit too easy to read. I've read a few horror novels recently that left me looking behind my shoulder and this one just didn't. It didn't quite have the same creep factor and I had the ending figured out before the end was near. I felt there could have been a little more of a resolution with her classmates and the ending with the park ranger kind of came out of nowhere ...more
Kat (Lost in Neverland)


Calm down with the exclamation points.

It does not make into an exciting horror story.

In fact, it makes it a really shitty 'horror' story.

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Chelsea Marks
Apr 18, 2014 Chelsea Marks rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christopher Noyes
Recommended to Chelsea by: Library
Jane is not your typical teen. She and her best friend Lexi call themselves the Creep Sisters. Only Lexi knows why Jane is different from anyone else: Her own shadow seems to pull her into near-fatal accidents, every time she and a really cute guy she likes goes on a date or hangs out together, it seems her shadow which has been taken over by a ghost boy is trying and kill her so they can be together forever (talk about tough love). Jane is determined to find out why these terrifying things happ ...more
Kylie Werner
Feb 19, 2014 Kylie Werner is currently reading it
The reason why I choose the book Beyond is because I thought that it would be a great book for a ghost story. Which I was so right it is a awesome story with great thrillers.The main characters in the book Beyond is Jane and her best friend Lexi. Jane and Lexi are teenage girls who meet in high school there freshman year. Jane has this shadow who has been following her ever sense she was a little girl and they figure out that it was a little boy who died years ago. They try to figure out why he ...more
Earl Skrine
The book is written by Edgar Award winning author, Graham McNamee. I wouldn't recommend reading this book if you either get scared easily or if you don't enjoy being creped out. It is a young adult book and I wouldn't recommend younger audiences reading it.

Very creepy book, great for if you love to read horror. This is a about a girl named Jane, who's shadow is trying to kill her. On many different occasions her shadow has forced her to try to kill herself. Her best friend Lexi has witnessed her
Serendipity Reviews
If you are an 80's girlie like me and grew up watching Flatliners over and over again (huge fan of Kevin Bacon!) then you will really enjoy this book as it takes the idea behind that film, gives it legs and runs with it.
As soon as you get to know the main charactere, Jane, better, you want to wrap her up in cotton wool and chain her to her bed. This girl's life is in serious danger and there is nothing she can do to stop it. To most people she comes across as a crazy individual hellbent on suici
Melissa He
I really liked the premise of the book. A girl whose shadow is trying to kill her? I thought that was pretty original and unheard of. I was drawn in by the mystery of the book and how much Jane struggled with keeping herself alive. Overall I thought the book was okay, but the ending felt a little rushed, like why her shadow was murderous was revealed immediately, the bad guy who kidnapped boys was also revealed really fast, and the confrontation between Jane and her shadow was a bit anti-climati ...more
I'm not entirely sure why I requested this as horror freaks me out but I do like ghost stories and I am trying to be braver. From the start, I found myself intrigued immediately connecting with the writing style.

I can't share too much about the plot as that is so integral to enjoying the story for yourself. Basically Jane has a shadow that is trying to kill herself. But I can also say that everything builds on itself, making for a more multi-layered story and increasing the stakes. As a horror s
Dec 16, 2014 Cayce rated it 4 of 5 stars
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4 stars

Have you ever heard about lucid dreaming? It's the kind of dream state when you're aware of dreaming, and might even be able to control the dreams. Imagine it's a nightmare, a really scary, horrifyingly realistic one. You know it's a dream, but it's so vivid, it scares you more than anything. And it's not letting you go. In Beyond Jane is battling with lucid nightmares, and it looks like she's losing. She wants it to stop, to wake up, but it's getting harder and harder to come back, to st
Ms. Yingling
Jane has a history of self harm-- she swallowed poison as a child, almost was killed on a train track, and most recently, shot herself in the head with a nail gun. Her parents keep a GPS monitor on her at night because she has also been sleepwalking. It's not her fault, though-- for years, she has felt as if her shadow is trying to kill her. Her friend Lexi (who has creepy moments of her own) believes her, because she was there when Jane could not get off the train track. The nail stuck in Jane' ...more
Beth Kemp
YA ghost story with an unusual premise

I really enjoyed this creepy read for its slow-burning tension and gradual increase in threat.

The idea is great: Jane's shadow keeps trying to hurt or kill her, dragging her into danger. Naturally, this makes people suspicious about the number of 'accidents' she has and she appears to many as suicidal or attention-seeking. Her best friend, Lexi, is the only one who understands, the only one she's told and together The Creep Sisters, as they are known, seek t
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Graham McNamee. Male. Caucasian. 5'10". Brown hair. Brown eyes. Do not approach. Extremely shy.

Author of: HATE YOU, NOTHING WRONG WITH A THREE-LEGGED DOG, SPARKS, and ACCELERATION. HATE YOU was an ALA Best Book for young Adults and an ALA Quick Pick, won the Austrian Children's Book Award, and was nominated for the Governor General's Award. SPARKS won the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellows
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