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Lost in the trees
on 10 March 2014
A Doctor Who novel. Telling an all new story never before presented in any other medium. Featuring the Eleventh Doctor, Amy and Rory. Set at an unspecified point somewhere in their second season.
It runs for two hundred and forty pages. It's divided into a prologue and thirteen chapters. As with all this range, it's suitable for all ages. And the main characters are perfectly recreated on the printed page, with dialogue you can imagine them saying on tv.
The opening shows us an ordinary part of present day Britain. With houses on the edge of woods. Woods that nobody goes into. Because as everyone knows, and has always known, if you get lost in them, you don't come out.
When urban legends of the woodland turn out to be true, and people vanish, the Doctor and friends are on the case. Will anyone manage to find their way out?
With a decently created setting, with a location and characters that feel very present day and thus convincing, this gets off to a good start with a chapter that describes one character going missing.
It then does things a little differently by going non linear with the narrative for a while. Scenes set in 1917 - involving one familiar face - and then scenes in the present day. At various times. This keeps the pace going very nicely, and the mystery involving, and the pages turn very fast.
Ultimately, though, plot wise, it doesn't do anything much different from what many Doctor Who works of this kind have done before. And the Doctor is rather absent from events for a lot of it, only popping up occasionally in the middle. However credit where credit is due as what may appear to be a cheap plot device at one point turns out to be anything but.
And yet it does keep you reading to see how things will turn out, and manages to provide a good lot of resolution and closure for all storylines and characters involved.
Not the strongest in this range, but an above average read and worth four stars.