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Creature of the Night

3.12  ·  Rating details ·  762 ratings  ·  168 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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C.G. Drews
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to C.G. by: Finn Longman
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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 Tubbs of Salt (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
Max Lau  • Maxxesbooktopia
Feb 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star-books
Wtf did I just read!? I hate this book so much! Review to come 😒
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
Sam Perlin
Creature of The Night is a very misleading, and awful book. When I first saw this book at the local library, I thought it would be about spooky things like a ghost or a murder. But, then I realized this book had nothing to do with any of that. This is a very misleading book, which is the main reason I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. Dennis, the main character, sneaks out of his house and goes to meet up with his old buddies in Dublin. When they go to Dublin, they smoke,drink,and rob many ...more
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
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
Bailey McHatton
Dec 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: no-horrible
This was one of the most boring books I have ever read. I went into it with promises of faeries, murder, monsters, and a mystery. None of those were in this book. This book is a story of a child delinquent who's mother moves him from Dublin to the countryside. He ends up just doing a lot of farmwork. It had a little suspense and a tiny event happens near the end, but nothing near what I was expecting for this highly revered book.
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...
Claudia Barceló
Jun 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought it was a pretty decent book. It was entertaining for sure and a quick read.

The main character Bobby spent his tween years with his thuggish cousin and his friends running around the streets of Dublin boosting cars and getting high or drunk. His very young mother, who isn't much better herself, decides that they need a fresh start in the countryside. Bobby isn't having any of it as he starts an all out rebellion against his mother and tries to run away to Dublin only to land in hot wat
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Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bobby is a 14 year old miscreant from Dublin, Ireland. He lives with his mother and younger brother, Dennis. His mother is unemployed and receives weekly doles, which are basically unemployment checks in Britain. Her poor spending habits tied with the steep cost of living land her in debt. In an attempt to run from debt collectors, Bobby’s mother moves them to a rural area. There they move into an old home where, according to the Dooleys, their new neighbors, the previous occupant up and vanishe ...more
Zach Shadrix
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Creature Of The Night is about a thirteen year old boy named Robert, who grew up in the life of crime. His cousin Beetle, and his posse of friends, decided to trick Robert into doing all the crime while they sit back and get the rewards. Robert is a troublemaker who makes life tougher on his already struggling mother; like stealing money from her purse. After getting into to much trouble in his hometown Robert moves into an old farm house. The book doesn't really seem to have a main idea though. ...more
Nico Shimada
Dec 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
I entirely thought this book was not very interesting to me for a few reasons. Bobby a 14 year old boy moved to Ennis, Ireland from Dublin because his mom wanted to get him away from bad influences, but also because she is running away from debt collectors. When they get to the house Bobby immediately plans on how he is going to escape and go back to Dublin where his friends are. The "creature" was announced when Bobby's half-brother Dennis who is 4 years old, says he plays with an old woman tha ...more
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
Jorge Perez
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Creature of the Night is story about a 14 year old delinquent boy named Bobby who moved into a new home with his mother and younger brother, Dennis. Bobby wasn't on board with the idea of moving into the countryside and wanted to go back to Dublin to hang out with his old friends and commit crimes together. The family was warned by landlord's mother to leave out a bowl of milk every night, but the Bobby and his mother thought it was just a superstition. One night, the bowl was not filled and a s ...more
Mickey Gonzalez
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book how the book had a good plot and conflict in the story. I would recommend this book o my peers because this book could really give you a perspective on how teenagers struggle with maintaining a healthy life and having family that doesn't care for you along the way. The main character in the book is Bobby, and he lives with his mother and his young brother in Dublin. Bobby loves to smoke, drink, steal, and race stolen cars. They move to a small village to try to reform Bob ...more
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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