Beyond

Beyond

A Ghost Story

Book - 2012
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Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Jane has attempted suicide more than once, but Jane knows the truth: her shadow is trying to kill her.
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375851650
0375851658
9780375897597
0375897593
9780385906876
0385906870
9780385737753
0385737750
Branch Call Number: / FICTION MCNAMEE GRAHAM
Characteristics: 226 p. ; 22 cm

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Jane was born dead; her heart was stopped when she entered the world. The doctors saved her but ever since then she has a tendency to have accidents that could lead to death. By the time she is seventeen years old, Jane has swallowed drain cleaner, been electrocuted and almost hit by a train. A... Read More »


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I always steered clear of ghost stories, but when I found this one on the shelve, I couldn't walk by. I brought it home and tore through the suspense and well written death experiences. 'Beyond' is a wonderful read. that is if you want to be kept all night constantly checking over your shoulder. :)

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Bearskito
Aug 17, 2014

I really enjoyed Beyond. The main premise of the book is that Jane's shadow isn't just a shadow: it has tried to kill her a few times, which everyone else thinks are suicide attempts. The first part of the book is told a little out of order, with a lot of flashbacks and explanations, which I liked. The sentient shadow idea was scary, and the characters worked well. I'd recommend this to people who like horror fiction, and especially people who have read Graham McNamee's other books.

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Pineapples97
Feb 17, 2014

amazing book, really fast paced and interesting.

SPL_Childrens Jun 04, 2013

Lexi is the only person who knows the grim secret of her best friend, Jane. She knows the truth behind Jane’s near-fatal “accidents” – why she swallowed drain cleaner, grabbed a live wire, almost threw herself under a moving train and most recently, aimed a nail gun at her own head.

People in Jane’s community think that she tried to kill herself on these occasions, but Lexi knows better.

Jane’s shadow has been trying to kill her. More than once, it has pushed her into danger. In the most recent incident, there were a few seconds before the doctors could bring Jane back to life. During those seconds, she could sense a malevolent “something” waiting for her in the darkness. What did it want? Now Jane wonders if she is being haunted by a force from beyond the grave – a force which may have taken over her shadow.

Then Jane crosses paths with a real-life serial killer, and her next “accident” is far more horrible than anything she could have imagined.

Graham McNamee’s skillful mix of the real and the paranormal makes this dark horror thriller truly terrifying. As the tension builds, it is almost impossible to put the book down – or to stop thinking about the story when it’s over!

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SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 15

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When Jane keeps getting into near death experiences, she starts to find patterns. With those patterns, she discovers hidden things, people, and skeletons. You follow her memories from the past, on the journey to solving the biggest issue yet. Whether or not the nail stuck in her head would cause more danger brought from the other side of the living, to remove it, or keep it in.

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