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Creature of the Night

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  690 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
I could hear Dennis talking to my ma. 'She was little,' he said. 'Little like me. But old. Older than you. Those words gave me a cold shock. I could see Dennis imagining fairies, but old ones?

When Bobby's mother moves the family into a rented house in the country, a neighbour tells him that a child was once murdered there. Bobby doesn't care. All he wants is to get back to
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published June 5th 2008 by Bodley Head (first published 2008)
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Cait (Paper Fury)
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Cait (Paper Fury) by: Miriam Joy
Okay THAT WAS SEVERELY CREEPY. I actually didn't know what to expect with this one. And honestly? It isn't my normal kind of book. BUT I JUST GOT SERIOUSLY ADDICTED TO IT. I didn't want to stop reading.

A Brief Run Down On What It's About:
• Bobby -- who is the BRAT OF THE CENTURY
• Seriously I wanted to slap this kid into the next century because he's really rude and sexist and disagreeable and cruel.
• But then his mother (who is awful) moves him and his little brother to the country and THINGS GE
Feb 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
I hate to say it, but I really did not like this book at all. I think I have a high tolerance for foul language and misguided actions (I work in a high school and hear it all of the time), but it was just so excessive in this book. Bobby is 14-years-old. He drives, steals, lies (at one point, saying his mother has cancer), smokes, drinks, and swears constantly. Almost every page has the word "fuck, "bastard," "piss," or "kill." He has a terrible mother, and they are very abusive toward each othe ...more
I'm surprised that I liked this book as much as I did. From the plot description, I thought I was getting a dark urban fantasy. I ended up getting much more of a gritty urban contemporary. The former is right up my alley, the latter is not. And yet, I was fairly glued to it. All credit goes to Kate Thompson for that.

The story is far, far more about Bobby's shift from a thoughtless thug to... well, not exactly sure what. Something more, at least. The epilogue was a little too brief for me. I wou
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pocos libros me han sorprendido tan gratamente como este.

Cuando lo comencé no tenía gran idea de lo que iba a encontrar pero suponía que iba a ser una historia con tintes fantásticos como su nombre lo indica. Pero no. Para nada.

No hay duda de que el titulo lo pusieron solamente para hacerlo más comercial, eso de "criatura de la noche" no es mas que un agregado tonto para hacer que el libro sonara mas interesante.

El libro va mas sobre la contemporánea, sobre la vida de un adolescente al qu
Jul 07, 2016 added it
I remember reading this years ago and being terrified.
Charlotte Coldwell
Apr 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is probably the only book I've ever really fully disliked. In my opinion, it's the worst book I've ever read. I read it as part of a school reading challenge and it annoyed the crap out of me. The main protagonist was an absolute pain. Maybe it's just that he's so opposite to me that I couldn't understand or sympathise with him. Also, the book didn't really have anything to do with the 'Creature of the Night' from the title. I think it was mentioned about three times, if that, and it was ce ...more
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
If you come to this from The New Policeman you may be surprised -- and may not appreciate just what Kate Thompson has accomplished in this coming-of-age novel which goes back and forth between the Dublin streets and the countryside his mother thought would be a safe haven but has violence of its own. Although I have heard people say the realism and the fantasy don't mesh well, I think that might be an American reading. I wonder if Thompson's Irish readers are closer to a folkloric tradition, mo ...more
Keely *Keelskilo*
This. Book. Was. BORING.

I'm sorry, but when I read the inside cover, I thought it would be loads more of a creep-fest, with spooky things going on and lots of murder, disappearances, and mystery.


This book is very misleading: it is NOT what the inside cover tells you it is about. It is about "Bobby" coming fro a messed-up background and learning to be a farming and occasionally putting milk and chocolate out for the "little woman" who may or may not be a fairy.

The book is quite resistant to e
Kaleb Mesick
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked how the story was told by Bobby. It made you realize that even though he was in trouble a lot he still had fears and feelings like everyone else. His mom made them move to the country to try to keep him out of trouble, but I didn't think she was a very good mom. When they moved to the country he did move next to some cool neighbors.
I liked this book because it was easy to read and was very interesting. All the people in the book seemed very real and could remind you of people you know i
Cameron Mccan
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Creature of the Night may be one of the best books written to cover the life of a troubled teen living in the suburbs of Dublin. The way the story flows is quite enticing to the average reader. The story line isn't the best but I've read worse. I enjoyed following Bobby on his rambunctious escapades through Dublin and seeing all of the different shenanigans he gets himself into.

Although the description of the book made it appear to be a mystical and magical type novel, it didn't expand on the f
Alison Roybal
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
This novel about a teenage boy with many moral issues finding himself in the Irish countryside is, for the most part, enjoyable. I would not, however, recommend this book to many young adults, as the language and drug content is much too obscene for certain ages. Also, I would probably not recommend this book for a high school classroom as these ethical boundaries could cause problems among the students and parents or what not. When reading, it became frustrating trying to relate to the main cha ...more
Alex Wenndt
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This book has almost nothing to do with the creature of the night, It is more about a 14 year old brat trying to adjust to a new home. I was not happy with this book because when I picked it up and read the description I was expecting a book about some fantasy creature not some book about a kid trying to adapt to a new life.

This book uses a ton of profanity because the main character of the book is a thief, a liar, a smoker, a drinker, and a rude little brat; keep in mind he is only 14. Warning,
Nathanael Shafer
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Creature of the Night by Kate Thompson Is a story about a kid, Bobby, fourteen years old. He originally was living in Dublin, and then he moved to the country near Ennis. His mom decided to move them to the country to get him away from the kids that are bad influences. The bad things Bobby did included stealing cars, stealing electronics,and stealing all kinds of stuff.When he comes to the country he finds out that someone was murdered in the house they are renting. So he finds a diary with hair ...more
Brian Dennin
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was average, but ended strong. It started out O.K., but then just keept dropping off. There almost wasn't any action in the majority of this book, just describing the 14 year old's work in his new community. Sometimes it would set you up to the main part, like "he woke up in the middle of the night to a creepy sound in the kitchen", but then nothing would happen. It wasn't until the last 50 pages did it get exciting, "edge of your seat" type material. He found a person who kept sneakin ...more
Jaylen Johnson
Mar 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Bobby isn’t afraid of anything. He steals car and then races them. He steals anything and he hangs around with the bad boys. His mom wants him to move with her to another place that gives him a chance to reform his life and get away from the bad boys. Once there he steals a car and rides back to Dublin. He meets up with an old friend who hurts a guy. Bobby does the right thing and tells the guards what happened, but his boys won’t accept him anymore. There is something wrong with their new house ...more
Jun 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: coming-of-age
This is not really a coming of age tale in the traditional sense as the lead, Bobby is a angry flawed teen more likely to lash out as we see first hand. But when Bobby's mom moves the family away from Dublin to a small village in the country, Bobby's world changes. His brother begins to see a little old woman who only comes out at night...
Kathleen Houlihan
Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed Creature of the Night -- the protagonist is a wholly unlikeable teen, rebelling from his jobless single mother and his little brother... he likes to get in trouble, steal cars, the usual... and yet... he somehow wriggles his way past all your defenses, and you find yourself rooting for him all the same.
May 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
14yo troublemaker Bobby is whisked away from bad influences in Dublin by his single-parent mom and taken to live in the Irish countryside, in a house with a mysterious past. Great blend of contemporary thriller and faerie tale.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
j'ai perdu mon temps. je n'ai vu aucun intérêt à cette lecture...
May 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: creative writing students to see how important editing is
Olen kahlannut vasta 100 sivua, mutta sekin oli jo raskasta. Teos vaikuttaa ensimmäiseltä raakaversiolta, täysin editoimattomalta, hyvin keskeneräiseltä. Pahin vika oli jatkuva selittely, joka ei hellittänyt missään vaiheessa. Juonta oli tuskallista seurata kaiken selittelyn ja "ohi juoksun" alta (kohtaukset juostiin läpi muutaman virkkeen toteamuksilla, eikä mihinkään jääty pidemmäksi aikaa, ohitettiin vain ja mentiin seuraavaan). Myös dialogi olisi kaivannut rankkaa remonttia. Kirjakieli dialo ...more
Jo Anne
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I knocked this young adult book out in a few hours. The writing was great but it really wasn't what I was led to believe in the summary. The main characters are horrific--14 year old Bobby who needed a good beating, his childish, lazy and stupid mother, and Dennis, Bobby's half brother, who is maybe 4. Bobby is running wild in Dublin, stealing, taking drugs, so his mother moves the family to the country. There they live in an old farm house that might be haunted. Or maybe a fairy is pestering th ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Malo, aburrido, engañoso. El protagonista se merece una paliza, un correccional, una vida en un internado militar. La madre está loca, es una maltratadora y es un mal ejemplo para sus hijos. El final es un corte de golpe al futuro, se acabó y punto.
Lisa Schensted
in a sentence or so: Bobby, his mom, and his half-brother Dennis are moving to the country to escape Dublin. Bobby needs to get away from his no-good friends (says his mom) and his mom needs to get away from the debt-collectors (says Bobby). but life in the country brings on more mystery than any of them expect - externally and internally.

Bobby is a 14 year old bad boy. and by bad boy i mean stealing cars and torching them after joyriding with his older pals, using hard drugs, stealing as much a
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Personnel response: I personally thought that this book had a lot of violence and a lot of adultish acts in it which does not sound good in a book to me personally, although the suspenseful acts are what lead this book to the ending. I felt like when I read this book that the person reading it kind of falls into it as if it's their own world.


The Loft
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-mystery
The instant Bobby sees the abandoned Skoda(car) in the driveway, he starts formulating a plan. It was his ma’s decision, not his, to leave Dublin; away from his friends that maybe aren’t the best influence, away from ma’s own set of problems. Well, she may have moved them down to Ennis, but he would get back to Dublin. In Dublin, there’s his cousin Fluke, Psycho Mick, and Beetle; his gang. They steal cars and wallets, and use the proceeds to get high.

It’s too quiet out in the country, and there’
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, 2009
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Haleigh C
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it

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The book Creature of the Night is an ok book no it a great book. The main character of the book is bobby and his little brother. Bobby's mom just moved them to a house in an idyllic village where there supposed to reform but, the house may have some stories.

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When it is night time bobby's little brother talks about someone that comes and visit, but bobby isn't afraid of a little danger but, getting high, stealing cars, and driving drunk is not the same kind of danger
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction
Summary: A family consisting of one irresponsible mother, one delinquent teenage boy (read: our hero), and one bed-wetting younger brother move from Dublin to a ramshackle house in rural Ireland whose last inhabitant may have run off in the middle of the night, may have met with foul play, or may have run afoul of the fairies. Robbie, the protagonist, gets increasingly involved in the mystery while trying desperately to escape back to his thuggish friends in Dublin.

Characters: The mother in this
Kelly Thielen
Mar 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, this was one of the worst books for teens that I've ever read. Until the very end of the story, the main character, his mother and his friends show absolutely no redeeming qualities. It's not until the very end that he shows some. I just don't think the average teen will make the cause-effect connections until the very end of the story. Until then they have a teen who treats his mother horribly, reels profanity, drinks, steals, lies and has no regard for any other person. As an ad ...more
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By Jojo

This Young Adult/Contemporary/Paranormal novel has an intriguing storyline which I have not read any books like this before. THE CREATURE OF THE NIGHT is written by Kate Thompson. The theme, I think, is perseverance. The main character, Bobby, has been through adversity and wonders if he has a better life ahead of him. His in-debt mother moves her sons to the countryside to get away from debt collectors. Bobby, a troubled teen, tried multiple times
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Kate Thompson is an award-winning writer for children and adults.She has lived in Ireland, where many of her books are set, since 1981. She is the youngest child of the social historians and peace activists E. P. Thompson and Dorothy Towers. She worked with horses and travelled in India before settling in the w
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