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Cracking adventure tale for girls,
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I was blown away by this book - it wasn't at all what I expected. The humour, adventure and derring-do was all there as promised but it was also incredibly dark, with lashings of Victorian grotesquery ladled on too. Some of this was pretty shocking stuff. It reminded me a lot of Fingersmith by Sarah Waters in that it highlighted to horrifying effect how Victorians viewed female sexuality and mental health. Dr Cattermole is a pantomime baddie who certainly gave me nightmares!
My favourite sections were those set with Lilian in India, amongst the snobby and racist Colonials. I found these parts the richest in terms of description, humour and character.
My only criticism would be that it was a shame that when we met the sisters, they were already living on different continents to each other. It made it hard to really think of them as sisters, as we got to know them so separately.
I would recommed this book - to adult readers! - with no hesitation. It takes you away to another time and place and really gets the pulses racing. An astonishing debut.