Review: The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

The London Eye Mystery

“That’s when I realized that there are two kinds of knowledge: shallow and deep. You can know something in theory but not know it in practice. You can know a part of something but not all of it. Knowledge can be like the skin on the surface of the water in a pond, or it can go all the way down to the mud. It can be the tiny tip of the iceberg or the whole hundred per cent.”

Genre: Middle Grade Mystery Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Print, 2010 UK Edition Source: Bought
Rating:  (2/5 Stars) Synopsis: 

Monday, 24 May, 11.32 a.m. Ted and Kat watch their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye. He turns and waves and the pod rises from the ground.

Monday, 24 May, 12.02 p.m. The pod lands and the doors open. People exit in all shapes and sizes – but where is Salim?

Ted and his older sister Kat become sleuthing partners since the police are having no luck. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain runs on its own unique operating system, to find the key to the mystery.

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages. AGES. How long, you might ask? Well, I bought this book during my trip to the 2012 Olympics in London, and I just finished reading it yesterday. If you’re one of those people who likes to keep up with what month and year it is, that means this book has been in my to read pile for a little less than to years. That is just too long.

This is one of those books that I think I would’ve liked a lot more had I read it four years ago. The prose was obviously geared towards younger readers, as the narration explained outright a lot of the trickier words and concepts. However, it was still an enjoyable and entertaining read. 

The mystery in the book was done wonderfully, and it really kept you guessing up until the very end. All the characters in the book were very well written and were very human. The character development in the book was great, and while the book spanned less than a week, you could really see the differences in the characters at the end of the book.

You probably wouldn’t like reading this if you don’t like reading books geared towards younger people. But if you enjoy middle grade mystery, then you should definitely read this book as it was a very well written mystery story.

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March Haul + April TBR

In the past few months life has gotten in the way and I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump, so I haven’t managed to read very many books. During the month of March I managed to read Safekeeping by Karen Hesse, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. (for school) I also managed to re-read my way through the books in the Insignia series by S.J. Kincaid.

However, in preparation for the next month, I did buy four new electronic books to read.

  1. The Miranda Contract by Ben Langdon
  2. Power Revealed (The Elementers #1) by Leah M. Berry
  3. Edgewood (Edgewood #1) by Karen McQuestion
  4. Meta by Tom Reynolds

In the coming month of April I plan to read the books listed above, along with three books that I’ve owned for quite a while and need to read before I buy any more books.

2014 April TBR 1

  1. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
  2. For The Win by Cory Doctorow
  3. Those That Wake by Jesse Karp

2014 April TBR 2