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The Candle Man by Alex Scarrow
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May 10, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: time-slip

If you have read any of Alex Scarrow's "grown up" thrillers you will know that he is a man who's writing is defined by great characters and great atmospherics.
Candle Man is no different, right from the very first page i the reader was sucked into another time and place, first aboard the titanic and then back to late Victorian London. A clever time-slip this time slipping only approx 30 years. The reader is treated to a darker than usual read from Alex (not as dark as October Skies, but close) a read that gives us the drama of the Titanic in its last hours, to 1880's London and Jack the ripper and who and what he really was, and the lives of his victims.

I am quite frankly gobsmacked that this has not become a top 10 best seller, i have read worse that has hit those heady heights, it just shows what good marketing could do.

I will advise TimeRiders fans that this is a very very different book despite the expected cameo. You can read it and enjoy it as a teen reader / young adult but don't expect TR level action, this is as i say much darker, but just as brilliant and engaging.

This will be one of my top 5 books this year and i highly recommend you buy it


Product Description
1912. Locked in an eerily quiet dining room on the Titanic, a mysterious man tells a young girl his life story as the ship begins to sink. It all starts in Whitechapel, London in 1888...

In the small hours of the night in a darkened Whitechapel alley, young Mary Kelly stumbles upon a man who has been seriously injured and is almost unconscious in the gutter. Mary - down on her luck and desperate to survive - steals his bag and runs off into the night.

Two days later, an American gentleman wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is or how he got there. He has suffered a serious head injury, and with no one to help him remember who he is he starts to wonder how he will ever find his way home.

One terrible truth links these two lost souls in the dark world of Victorian London - a truth that could ruin the name of the most influential man in the land...

Back in 1912, as the Titanic begins its final shuddering descent to the bottom of the frozen, black Atlantic, the truth behind a series of murders that have hung like a dark fog over London for more than two decades is about to be revealed... the identity of Jack the Ripper.
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