I've got to say, during the first half of the book I pretty much hated everything. The narrator is arrogant and juvenile, his companion in the "game"I've got to say, during the first half of the book I pretty much hated everything. The narrator is arrogant and juvenile, his companion in the "game" of kidnapping was equally juvenile and irritating... then came the falling action. At that point I found I couldn't and didn't stop reading until it came to it's conclusion. That earned itself a star all on it's own....more
**spoiler alert** Can I begin to describe how absolutely dreadful this book was? How jarring? How distracting her "creative license"? How much I hated**spoiler alert** Can I begin to describe how absolutely dreadful this book was? How jarring? How distracting her "creative license"? How much I hated it, the deeper I went in? How I wish I could give this a negative five star rating but have to settle with a 1 star?
Why did I keep reading it? Why in fact do I always keep reading terrible books I should set aflame (though wouldn't naturally, because this said volume belongs to the library--and they can keep it!)? Simply because I'm participating in the Reading Challenge (again).
I've already griped about the cover--not sure how that's supposed to say "I take place in Restoration London--AND I have nothing much to do with letters!" The cover is the least of this book's problems.
What we have here is a lot of amateur sleuthing on the parts of our protagonists and not a lot of adhering to, hmm, oh I don't know, perhaps her job (what, you mean Lucy wasn't employed to go sleuthing?) She comes back without food for supper, she goes off and disappears for hours--she's too busy not being a maid of all work (which frankly is what she's supposed to be). She in fact has quite a few rather modern sleuth-y conversations, administers CPR and apparently is beloved for her (nosy) intellectual mind. By the by, she expanded her own learning by listening through keyholes to one of the children's tutors--so STILL not doing her job. Consistently. For over a few years. What well-t0-do family employs bone-idle servants, especially when their household staff only consists of four people??
Let's also point on that policing was not even set into motion until 156 years AFTER this book takes place (thank you Robert Peel and the "Peelers"). Even at a stretch some watchmen might've been sauntering about around the 1670s but that's still after this book takes place.
Quite frankly if the author wanted everyone to be friendly-friends-of-equality she should've made the entire family Quakers. That I could have accepted better, though grudgingly.
As for the dialogue... oh the dialogue. I think Lucy actually (when in one of many strops) actually responded with "fine" to Adam. There were some other modern slang and usage but I can't quote any pages as I couldn't return that book fast enough tot he library. I do recall her using "Sir" more as a surly insult than as a proper form of address. Actually, I can't get into the forms of address because I just might start to get angry.
Mostly, the author comes across an an armchair author. Descriptions of London are vague, she throws out names of places to sound (to my mind) more authentic than as one who has walked there.
This review is disjointed I realize but all I can say is please, don't waste your time (or money) on this book. I certainly wish I hadn't....more