A intriguing YA mystery that will leave you wanting more…..
Budding writer Lorna Bryson is struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her father when she meets Monkey Arkwright, the boy who loves to climb. The two strike up an immediate rapport, and Monkey challenges her to write about him, claiming that he can show her things that are worth writing about.
True to his word, Lorna is catapulted into Monkey’s world of climbing and other adventures in the churches, woodlands and abandoned places in and around their home town of Culverton Beck. When the two teenagers find an ancient coin in the woods, claims from potential owners soon flood in, including the mysterious Charles Gooch, who is adamant that the coin is his. But this is only the opening act in a much larger mystery that has its roots in some dark deeds that took place more than a century earlier.
Combining their talents, Lorna and Monkey set about fitting the pieces together in a tale of budding friendship, train-obsessed simpletons, the shadow of Napoleon and falling pianos.
I’m looking forward to the next one!!
I really enjoy reading YA and love a mystery so when I was contacted to see if I would like to review this, of course I said yes!
This is Campbells first novel and it’s brilliant and very well written. I haven’t read anything similar to this before and really enjoyed the characters and the mystery in it. There are numerous characters that we meet throughout the book, all of which I had strong feelings towards….I either loved them, hated them or was completely unsure of which side of good/evil they stood on!
Both Lorna and Monkey, the two main characters, have their own sad back stories which I think, in the end, is instrumental to them coming together as friends. The story begins with them meeting, building their friendship and going through some rather testing times with some awful bullies. They spend lots of time outside exploring and come across an ancient coin which leads them on a mission to find the owner, together will the local newspaper.
The coin turns out to be much more than just a normal old coin…..does it have some sort of magical powers? Why are there so many people trying to claim it as their own? Who is the mysterious Charles Gooch, and what’s in his briefcase? And, who is train man? (I love him!).
The book takes the reader through lots of mysteries, twists and turns with many storylines appearing, all of which are brilliantly tied up by the end. I’m really looking forward to reading the next book to see what new adventures Lorna and Monkey end up on…..and even after reading the whole book, I’m still not entirely sure that they’ve made the right decision……I’m sure more will be revealed in book 2!
Also, some very exciting news!!! Book 2 ‘Black Hearts Rising’ is being released on 1st February! (Eeeek!). You can pre-order it on here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07M7PPCCX
Thanks to the author for sending me this book in return for an honest review. All views are my own. I am not affiliated with any links in the post in any way.
Have you read this? Are you as excited as me about Black Hearts Rising being released? Let me know what you think!