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Enjoyable - but with some flaws
on 13 February 2017
Hmmm - read some of the poor reviews and, to be honest, I can't argue with many of them. The character of Tom is a bit all over the place and we don't get to understand who Fleet really is. Kitty sticks out like a sore thumb (as being wrong character, wrong time) and, in the beginning, there are so many new characters being thrown in that it's hard to keep up.
But, unlike other readers, I was able to set aside those annoyances as I found myself caught up in the story. It's not perfect - but it's a good debut novel and I found it an entertaining way to pass a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon. We have to remember that this is fiction and whether we're reading about vampires, Frankenstein or people being beaten in a debtors prison - we sometimes just have to let our imaginations go free and go with the flow of the tale being told.
Marshalsea was well described and you felt Tom's desperation to not be put over to the Common Side. And it was interesting to find out at the end that many of the characters had actually been real people.
I read a lot of books and I have a theory that sometimes our opinion of a book is coloured by whether the one we've read before it was very good or very bad. As I'm trying to finish one that I've been picking up and putting down for about a month now - this one seemed like light relief by comparison.
PS - I have no idea who this author is so I'm not a "relative or friend giving a 4 star review", as suggested by some reviewers.