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Into the Grey

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  570 ratings  ·  137 reviews
A pacy, chilling ghost story from the creator of the internationally acclaimed Moorehawke Trilogy.

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 stupi
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Candlewick Press (first published 2011)
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Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
THIS! This is the YA brothers book I have been searching for! So creepy and gut wrenching and heart felt. A few flaws got in the way of it being five stars, but the two boys at its core and their relationship are just outstanding.
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-loved
The version I read was Into the Grey, but I own Taken Away too.
As usual, I am not going to write what happens in this book because you can always get that somewhere else.

I am a HUGE fan of the Moorehawke trilogy, and when I heard about her new book coming out I preordered it, which is something I hardly ever do. I'm thiking if you are interested in this book, it is highly likely you've read the trilogy and loved it. Now, I have a slight concern for you because this one is very diffeent fr
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I do not like being afraid; I don't like ghosts and ghouls and monsters in my closets. I shudder at the very idea of reading books about them or watching a television show featuring them or a film - hell, it's amazing that I could even sit through Scooby Doo.

I am the girl you never want to take to a horror flick because I'll cry all the way through and scream at the least scary bits. And yet this book was every bit of amazing to me. It was creepy for sure, but it never came close to
Meradeth Houston
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 p
Aryani Nazeri
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read a lot of YA books with notable siblings, as they’re really rare in my opinion. This book is about a pair of twins and their relationship is so precious I want more of it. And of course, not much of horror books out there too. You really have to dig further to find good books like this one.

It starts off slow, but manageable as it gives insight on the past and the troubles the characters face. I really adore the mc, who looks out for his brother, who is super sweet.

As for the ghos
Edward Sullivan
An absorbing, suspenseful and atmospheric ghostly tale.
Anna Janelle
Ehhhh.... *shrug*

I can't place my finger on why I wasn't in love with this book. It wasn't my "cuppa" tea. And you might be sitting there saying, but Anna, I know you love ghosts, YA and historical fiction... why aren't you going gaga for this one? And I have to say...I'm not sure why. It just didn't completely resonate with me. And that may be a me thing, as I might have been completely ruined by the recent awesomeness that was Night Film. Maybe everything else is just shining a bit less brightly
American Mensa
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Into the Grey is a fiendishly phantasmagorical escapade.

Into The Grey by Celine Kiernan, the author of many award-winning fantasy books, delivers a ghost story that is anything but generic. This novel revolves around two brother’s spectral misadventures into an unfamiliar realm. After a tragic event, the brothers, Patrick and Dominick, experience new dangers at their family’s summer home. How would you feel if your brother was being possessed and no one else knew? How far would you g
Ashley (Tiny Navajo Reads)
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
This book was a total mystery. The first few pages sucked me in and held me till the very end of the book. That's what is so superb about this book, is that while it sucked me in, I had no idea what was going on till about half way through the book. And even then, it told the mystery on such a way that I just had to keep reading. And I had to keep reading till the very end of the book.

If you need a good mystery with a twist, I suggest you go to your nearest Library and check out this
rebecca ɤ
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
2.5 stars. I really was enjoying this book in the beginning, it wasn't until the middle where it began to drag on and honestly I couldn't care anymore. I skimmed the ending I don't even care.
This was sent to me by the publisher (literally) years ago; unfortunately, its arrival coincided with the start of a sharp and prolonged reading slump. I dug it out of TBR a little while back, and have raced through it over the past week.

This is a thoughtful and rather poignant YA chiller, pulling together layers of history and loss across several generations in a small Irish coastal town. The main plot centres on 15-year-old Patrick, in 1974, but dreams and hauntings take us back to
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just the YA book I was wanting, historical fiction elements, gorgeous character development and a freaky little goblin boy that scared me out of my wits (I do scare easy, though, so don’t expect a horror).

Set in Ireland in the 1970s, Pat and Dom are fifteen year olds who watch their house burn down a few weeks before the summer holidays. Set alight by their confused old Nan, the family retreat to an old house that has been used as a holiday home for years. This time they come with th
Emily Bell
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
What I Liked
This ghost story was unexpected, and I liked it more than I thought I would. Two sets of twin brothers are contained in this story. Their relationships span generations and span life and death.

The little goblin boy's first appearance was one of the eeriest scenes I have read in a long time.

What I Didn't Like
I wish there had been a little more resolution into what the grey was. Dom doesn't believe in God or heaven or hell... there isn't really any kind of religion or belief
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The beginning scared me because possession freaks me out, but once I got past that, the story itself focuses mainly on the history of a family and its neighbors during the first World War. Creepy, but good, read.
Victoria Fuller
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Oh man. This book. What can I say about this beautiful book?
Alright, well first off I picked up this book by chance at the library because it had a pretty cover and spine. I stuck it in my basket and it sat by my desk for about 4 months before I really touched it again. I don't know if I'm glad I saved the best for last or if I wished I had read it first. Either way I'm happy it had such a pretty cover.
Sometimes a book is so beautifully written that I just have to sit back and bask in t
Robin Riopelle
Jul 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Into the Grey is a genuinely scary, atmospheric read. Celine Kiernan's prose can be lyrical, brutal, and breathless/breath-taking, sometimes within the space of a single sentence. The chilling proposition is a lost twin, taken by a unknown and supernatural assailant. Add to this an old war story, the battered Irish coast, and a grandmother equally lost, stolen by Alzheimer's. The theme of loss--and limited recovery, whatever that can mean--winds its way through the generations of Kiernan's maste ...more
Lizzy Yoo
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“I staggered after him. Following him inside and heading upstairs to the room where it had all begun”. The plot. a coincidence between two pairs of twins and Francis and Patrick begin their search for their missing twin brothers, draws in the reader with every clue of the mystery behind the location of the brothers. Both Francis and Patrick undergo character development as they both find themselves in a relatable position and find peace among their differences. The author uses a narrative tone, ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
From the Scotland of the last book, I headed into Ireland of the 70s for this one! And I liked it enough to drop it in my library's Awesome Box!

I loved the atmosphere and setting of this - it felt foreign to me, which added to the creepy factor. The haunting of Dom is super-chilling and really weirded me out. I do think the dream haunting type things were a little much, but I can see why she did them, and they did work. And I loved the closeness between Pat and Dom, and really of the
Shay Dawn
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pg, action, fantasy, mystery, teen
This is worth reading! I picked it up because of its cover, and only because of the cover. However, I found some incredible writing inside, believable rounded characters, and a mystery that -- while I did solve it -- was very interesting.

In case you don't know, it's a ghost story about twins. I won't reveal much, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone.

It's also Irish!!! Yay! I love Irish literature!

Here is my favorite quote:

I suddenly understood. We were
Jason Roop
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Kiernan, C. (2014). Into the Grey. Berryville: Candlewick Press.

Kirkus Star Review/ Fiction (paranormal)

As a lover of a good ghost story this book intrigued me. The book did not disappoint as this unique paranormal tale kept me reading happily. After a fire at their house the family is forced to move to a seaside cottage. A boring place for the brothers, since it’s not tourist time. Anyway the mystery begins and eventually one of the brothers is possessed by the spirit of a soldier.
Sara Grochowski
In INTO THE GREY, Patrick and his family relocate to a musty old cottage after a fire destroys their home and belongings. Unbeknownst to the family, the cottage is already inhabited by a supernatural presence. The ghost, a disturbing young boy, is determined to claim Patrick's twin brother, Dom, as his own. Pat, terrified he's lost Dom to the spirit world, fights to make sense of history, his mysterious dreams, and the dark space between life and death known as the Grey. This haunting ghost stor ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WHY DO MORE PEOPLE NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK?! I'm going to be honest. Before I started this book, my hopes were not high. My first impression was more wrong than you can fathom until you read this book. There was not a single boring moment. I know most books will have at least one boring patch, but not this one. It was just so amazing. I found myself feeling like the characters were my own friends and family. And the Grey was just so... Wow. Flawless. I recommend this to anyone and everyone. ...more
Paula Soper
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2014
Wow! This book is probably really scary for 9-12s, so if you know anyone that age who likes to be frightened, this is the book for him or her.

If, however, you want a book that has a really different and interesting view on the relationship between life and death, this book is for you. It's a mystery, it's a story about multi-generational families.

FYI, because it's Irish, the dialogue may seem a bit clunky to Americans. However, let the voice in your head use a great accent, and you'll be fine.
Heather Iveson
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
After a fire destroys their Home Patrick, his twin Dom and their family move into a seaside cottage that was once the family's summer getaway. Now, changed by the fire, they attract sinister attentions. Patrick can see that Dom is changed - perhaps dying- but nobody else seems to notice. As things worsen and history is gradually revealed Patrick will have to deal with the situation to the best of his ability in trying circumstances.

A good spooky read that drew me in so well that time seemed to
Strangely enough, I liked this book. My taste usually correlates with the rating in goodreads, so I thought this book will disappoint me. Because I like the author, I decided to read it anyway. I love it. This book is different from the usual paranormal YA. It feels like a breath of fresh air as it's free from stereotypical characters. The story is well crafted and I like that the setting is 1970s Ireland. It shows me a glimpse of the past.
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Honestly, I ran into the library and grabbed every book off of the kiosk in an effort to be quick and adventurous in my reading. This was one of the books I grabbed and when I read the back, I though this would be a super dumb book to be honest. But regardless, I started reading it late, late Friday and didn't really put it down.

The descriptions were excellent, it felt like I was there. Plus I really liked the whole twin boys thing, it was unfamiliar, but I lived it. Def recommend th
Brenda Kahn
Set in Ireland in 1974, twin brothers find themselves moving into a seaside rental with their parents after their nan, who is suffering from dementia, burns down their house. Very soon after, the ghost of a boy who died at age six, in the early 1900s takes up residence in Dom. The story is narrated by Pat and it is atmospheric, suspenseful and the voice is wonderful.

Reread in April, 2017 with my ears and loved it even more. Gerard Doyle narrated. Wonderful!
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
After plowing through many mediocre YA novels, Into the Grey was the first book I've truly enjoyed in long while. Well-written, good characters, horror and pathos, and real UK flavour, as the author is from Dublin. (Too many American authors write books set in a flat, flavourless Ireland or Britain.)

My only criticism is that the book should have been longer, and more time spent setting up normal-Dom before the ghost takes him. Otherwise, very enjoyable!
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya-mg, 2015
Started out with a pretty good creep-factor, but as things were revealed and plot continued, the creepiness faded a little bit, and it became a tense story that had these ghosty elements. It was still really good, and there was one thing's resolution that I was really invested in -- not that it would go a certain way, though I had my hopes, but that I was desperate to find out for sure which way it would go. So good job, author.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: en8-bke
Into the Grey defiantly earned it's spot on my favorite books list. At first it was a bit confusing because the author wasn't explaining much, but trust me once you get into it everything starts making sense. It is a must read! I thought that I wouldn't enjoy the book because I not a fan of horror but honestly it changed that.
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Celine Kiernan is an award-winning author of fantasy novels for young adults. Her critically acclaimed work combines fantasy elements with the exploration of political, humanitarian and philosophical themes. She is best known for The Moorehawke Trilogy, a dark, complex trilogy of fantasy YA books set in an alternative renaissance Europe. First published in Celine’s native Ireland in 2008, the tril ...more
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“That tug against my heart, the painless, invisible cord trying to pull me forward, rips something from me like the shirt being torn from my back, and I scream as part of me is left behind.” 0 likes
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