Most helpful critical review
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2008
I bought this book on the strength of the reviews and on the subject matter. I happen to be quite interested in English highwayman stories, as I live quite close to a famous highwayman's hideout near London. I'm afraid that about halfway through this book, I got that sinking feeling that for me appears when a story moves from being just not very well written to downright poor and disappointing. I was mostly willing to overlook the author's clumsy writing style, but when the plot moved into being a poorly-executed and florid retelling of Alfred Noyes' melodramatic poem 'The Highwayman', I'm afraid I lost patience. There are lots of great juvenile and young adult novels out there. I'm confident that _The Highwayman's Footsteps_ has no place among them. This review gets its two stars for bite-sized chapters, a lovely cover on the edition I wasted my money on, and nice typography.