Top critical review
Interesting idea, could have been better executed.
on 11 April 2014
The high reviews lead me to expect great things of this book, so my disappointment is partly due to high expectations. The idea behind the story was both neat and interesting, but the writing was clunky and the last quarter of the book was both hurried and felt repetative. The modern bits of the book started well, the Victorian bits were not at any point, to my mind, gripping, and the last half of the book needed a firm editorial and a re-write. My favorite 'jarring' moment was a character referred to an item as having 'a unique flaw' - the dialogue felt contrived in that section of the book, and the level of the character's willing suspension of disbelief impacted negatively on mine. Was it meant to be an older children's book? I'd have loved it at eleven or twelve.