Author: Dan Poblocki
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Does an abandoned asylum hold the key to a frightful haunting?
Everyone’s heard the stories about Graylock Hall.
It was meant to be a place of healing – a hospital where children and teenagers with mental disorders would be cared for and perhaps even cured. But something went wrong. Several young patients died under mysterious circumstances. Eventually, the hospital was shut down, the building abandoned and left to rot deep in the woods.
As the new kid in town, Neil Cady wants to see Graylock for himself. Especially since rumor has it that the building is haunted. He’s got fresh batteries in his flashlight, a camera to document the adventure, and a new best friend watching his back.
Neil might think he’s prepared for what he’ll find in the dark and decrepit asylum. But he’s certainly not prepared for what follows him home. . . .
Scary, suspenseful, and surprising, Dan Poblocki’s latest ghost story will keep you turning pages deep into the dead of night.
So, for those who follow my reviews, you know that I am a HUGE fan of ghost, mystery, thriller type novels, no matter the age they are geared towards. When I saw the cover of this book and read the synopsis, I knew that I just had to read it. That was about a year ago when I had bought the book, and I am just now getting around to reading it (whoops).
I was actually really disappointed with this book. I understand that it is more middle-grade, but still. Just because a novel is meant for middle-graders does not mean that it can’t be amazing.
The plot was set up much like any mystery novel is. A group of kids are left with some family members and decide to explore, they come across an abandoned building that is claimed to be haunted. After ignoring the multiple warnings, the kids break in and explore, only to be mesmerized by a ghost and leave.
For younger kids, this sounds like the scariest book that they could possibly read. For me, who watches abandoned building/amusement park videos for fun on Youtube, I didn’t really get any feeling from it. It could be that I’m just to used to reading these types of novels (curse you Mary Downing Hahn and Madeline Roux) or that I am too old (NEVER!), but still, it seemed like just a normal ghost story to me.
With that being said, I still think that this is the perfect book for kids of a younger age. It is a super quick read that will have kids reading until late in the night (which I do not recommend for ghost books).