Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

Doctor Who: Silhouette by Justin Richards (book review)

on January 29, 2015

About the Book:

“Vastra and Strax and Jenny? Oh no, we don’t need to bother them. Trust me.”

Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.

Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.

The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.

How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? This is where the Doctor and Clara come in. The Doctor and his friends find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem. Can they unravel the truth before the most dangerous weapon ever developed is unleashed on London?

You can purchase a copy at Random House.

About the Author:

JUSTIN RICHARDS has written for stage and screen as well as writing novels and graphic novels. He has also co-written several action thrillers for older children with the acknowledged master of the genre Jack Higgins. Justin acts as Creative Consultant to BBC Books’ range of Doctor Who titles, as well as writing quite a few himself. Married with two children (both boys), Justin lives and works in Warwick, within sight of one of Britain’s best-preserved castles.

My Opinion:

We are Whovians in my house so when this book came up to be reviewed I knew we’d all probably enjoy it, especially my oldest who well is a much bigger Whovian than the other three of us.  We all enjoy the television series, some of us even enjoy the older ones, so reading a book version proved a bit different. Thankfully I know how Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman sounds on the show so it was easy to put their voices to those in the book. Personally, I though the book started somewhat slow but there is more that needs to be added to a book to make it more understandable, one can’t ‘see’ what is going on behind the scenes like one can on the television so all that has to be added to the book. Once I got further in though things picked up and I actually became engaged in it and couldn’t run the pages fast enough to get to the end and figure the whodunit (although it did became clear who did it before the end).

For some of my readers, you’ll be used to me only reading and reviewing Christian fiction and this is a branch out from that, but while this wasn’t a Christian book it was still a nice read and I must say I enjoyed the break from all the romance. Since we do watch the television show I was expecting some cuss words, but I was surprised there were not that many, I think only two D words that I can’t distinctly remember. In the book, as in the show, Madame Vastra (the lizard woman) and Jenny are still gay and Jenny refers to Madame Vastra as her wife one time in the book – if you watch the show you know this but just a head’s up for my readers who don’t know this fact.  I will definitely be letting my oldest read the book, if she chooses too, as it’s quite mild compared to watching the show where everything is depicted but one can’t do that in a book as it relies on the reader’s imagination.  If you’re a fan of Doctor Who or just like to read science fiction then this book will be a great one to read but it might get your blood pumping so best not do it before bed.

(c) 2015, Sarah Bailey/Growing for Christ, All Rights Reserved, Unauthorized Duplication is a Violation of Applicable Laws


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