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The Diamond Thief Paperback – 14 Feb 2013
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'This book was an amazing mystery book and whenever you turned a new page, well something completely unexpected happens. It s very realistic and well-written and I think I d give it about 8.5 out of 10. Very, very good book!' -- Daisy(11) www.bigbooklittlebook.com
'Sharon has the great ability to paint a picture for you to visualise...this author is certainly one to watch in the future. --Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books Blog
'The Diamond Thief is one of the first books from new fiction publisher Curious Fox, and they couldn t have chosen a more exciting or involving adventure story with which to launch.' --Books for Keeps
'gripping... with equal amounts of mystery, suspense and romance, The Diamond Thief is a YA [Young Adult] take on Sherlock Holmes.' --Danna, Goodreads
'great story, great characters, feisty heroine, a plot line with so many twists and turns it leaves you breathless. A great page turner.' --Sarah, Goodreads
'gripping... with equal amounts of mystery, suspense and romance, The Diamond Thief is a YA [Young Adult] take on Sherlock Holmes.' --Danna, Goodreads, 24/03/2014
'great story, great characters, feisty heroine, a plot line with so many twists and turns it leaves you breathless. A great page turner.' --Sarah, Goodreads, 16/03/2013
About the Author
Sharon Gosling always wanted to be a writer. She started as an entertainment journalist, writing about television series such as Stargate and Battlestar Galactica. Her first novel was published under a pen name in 2010. Sharon and her husband live in a very small cottage in a very remote village in the north of England, surrounded by sheep-dotted fells. The village has its own vampire, although Sharon hasn’t met it yet. The cat might have, but he seems to have been sworn to secrecy and won’t say a thing.
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I look forward to seeing how the nicely mismatched heroine and hero deverlop over subsequent follow up books. More please!
Remy is a circus performer. She is a skilled acrobat, working on the trapeze and also as a jewel thief. Fiercely independent, she seems to be an orphan, but does have close relationships with some of the other circus workers. I love her pride in her work and her stubbornness, as well as her admirable loyalty to her beloved Claudette and Amelie. She is clearly beholden to the circus owner, Gustave, who sends her on a mission to steal a precious diamond on display in the Tower of London - and here the adventure begins.
Thaddeus is a young detective. Clearly from a lower class background, he is not always taken seriously as a detective due to this and his age. Nonetheless, he is a very serious young man with a strong sense of morality and a desire to do the right thing. As the blurb tells us, he finds himself implicated in the theft of the diamond and sets out to find Remy and clear his name. The speed with which his colleagues turn against him and believe him to have broken the law is shocking and ensures that our sympathies lie with him.
Sharon Gosling skilfully plays with our sympathies, making sure that we cannot possibly 'take sides' between Remy and Thaddeus. We see the best aspects of both of them, and (at least for the first half of the book) understand each far better than the other can. Characterisation is definitely a strength of this book. There isn't space here to delineate each of the fascinating supporting roles here, but trust me, you'll also love the Professor, and young J and the noble Desai.
Another strength is the setting. We get to see a range of Victorian London which is relatively unusual - often books are confined to a particular social milieu - as we follow Remy to the showing of the diamonds in the Tower, as well as getting views of London's poorer aspects. The circus and the creepy below-London network are also sharply drawn and younger readers will have no problem keeping up with the scene changes due to the detailed (but not excessive) description.
And finally, the plot is strong too - pacey but not confusing for the target audience; twisty enough to reward reading; and satisfying in the end.
Overall, I'd absolutely recommend this. With its dual protagonists, its blend of mystery, adventure and character development, it's definitely a book that will be enjoyed by readers of either gender and fans of many genres.
Remy, a sixteen year-old circus acrobat, moonlights as a jewel thief at the demands of the ringmaster. She finds herself involved in a steampunk adventure, working alongside a young policeman Thaddeus. They both face death as they race to save London.
I read this quickly - the pacing is lively and the writing clear and engaging. However, I did find the characters other than Remy a little flat and didn't care so much for them. That doesn't take away from this being a fun adventure, well worth reading, and I'll look forward to Sharon Gosling's future work.
I also like books where I learn something - and after reading this I read up on, and was fascinated by, the history of London's 'Lost rivers' such as the Black Ditch.
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