The tantalising glimpse of Summer Falls in the recent episode of Doctor Who captivated the attention of many eagle-eyed viewers, many of whom realised that the author was, ostensibly, the much-missed Amy Pond writing under her married name. I approached this book with great anticipation, eager to devour every clue Pond had laid out within for the Doctor. However, despite reading it twice now I'm as much in the dark as I ever was. Fortunately, the DW team (written by James Goss) have produced a witty and charming little novella nonetheless, full of atmospheric twists and turns that are more than able to stand alone.
The mystery begins with Kate's discovery of a strange painting and an even stranger neighbour who seems to know far more about it than he lets on - and though not explicitly stated, I'm sure anyone who reads this will be able to discern that particular character's true identity, for the author has perfectly captured his quirks and mannerisms.
Though only a quick read written in a style reminiscent of the Famous Five novels I loved as a child, I greatly enjoyed it and will certainly be reading it again tonight in what will doubtless be a futile effort to weasel out any clues as to what we have coming over the next few episodes on screen. I'm convinced they're there after the little tidbit Matt Smith let slip in a recent interview, but perhaps they'll only become clear when looking back. Regardless, a super little read even without the added layer of mystery of its place in the Whoniverse.