Review: The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki

August 10, 2012 4 stars, Book Review, Young Adult 11 ★★★★

Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki

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.


Packed with thrills and chills to keep you in suspense and quickly turning pages!

The Ghost of Graylock was such a pleasant surprise! I enjoy a good bone chilling ghost story and this one definitely delivered.  Young Neil and Bree are staying the summer with their aunts in Hedston because their mother is having a hard time coping with their father having left them all to “follow his dream” of being an actor.  Neil is our main character and though it never outright says it I believe he is 12 – as it was mentioned he’s 4 years younger than his 16 year old sister Bree.

Neil is such an interesting young character, he is a thinker and its so fascinating to read how his mind works.  He occasionally thinks about his mother’s behavior over the past few months in response to their father leaving and he thinks about this new mom that they’ve been seeing as a “shadow person.” He wanders if we all have a shadow person that is inside of us.  I love how the author put this in because the way he works it out in his dead REALLY seems like how I would imagine a young teen thinking.

We get to the main plot because Neil likes to think of himself as a paranormal investigator, trying to emulate his favorite TV show Ghostly Investigators.   So when he meets a local kid in town and hears about the closed mental hospital Graylock that is out in the woods and the ghost story tied to it – he simply must investigate and try to gather evidence.  So off he goes to have a look, along with his sister, friend Wesley and his brother Eric.

While there, Neil and Bree have a close encounter and the tale takes off from there and the momentum barely slows down right up til the end.  I thought because of how young the characters were that this wouldn’t be as suspenseful as it was but I have to admit there were points where I really was on the edge of my seat.  There is a great mystery aspect to the book where the kids are trying to figure out who the ghost is and why it is haunting Neil and Bree.  I couldn’t guess it right! – to me that’s a good thing.

Seeing them work through the mystery and trying to figure it out along with them was a treat.  I didn’t figure it out until they did and I absolutely LOVED that.  If you fancy a good quick ghost story this is for you – I devoured it in one night!

 The Ghost of Graylock

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*Review Copy provided by Publisher for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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When I'm in the zone I can flip book pages faster than the eye can see - screaming "More Input!" I'm a book, yarn, & art supply hoarding goblin who loves to draw, make toys and craft all sorts of creepy cute things. My current habit is to listen to audio books while I'm arting it up!
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11 Responses to “Review: The Ghost of Graylock by Dan Poblocki”

  1. Heather

    I love this book I’m 12 and it is such a unpreditable ending . Great Book
    <3 it

  2. Leslie

    I am 12 and I loved this book I never could expect what was coming next I thought this was very exciting and I was on he edge of my seat the whole time!!!! It left you wondering what would happen next!!! I thank Dan Poblocki soooo much!!!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you loved it! I’m 31 and I loved it too! Dan Poblocki wrote a story that people of all ages could enjoy.

  3. Katie

    I seriously loved te book and I’m 10!!! Dan did an amazing job with making the story unique! This was a great summer reading book for me and I recommend it to everyone!!;)

    You must read this book and watch the movie..