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Creepy elements but a familiar plot.
on 16 July 2009
This book had plenty of elements to make it creepy and as exciting as most of the Doctor Who books - dark woods, an huge decrepit house, a deserted island - all made more scary when the monsters appear. The monsters were underused but sounded great. They could have taken a couple of chapters by themselves but were kept as window dressing. The plot harked back to an earlier book which took place in an isolated Russian port, so wasn't as original as it could have been, but was a lively story nevertheless. Using the kids as heroes and weapons was neat, as was the quip about Cardiff.