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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling

The Diamond Thief

And there she was. A girl who seemed to fly without wings, as perfectly as a bird. Even the thought of it made his heart freeze. The memory of her, plummeting to the ground .......

No one performs on the circus trapeze like sixteen year old Remy Brunel. But Remey also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief, Forced by the evil circus owner Gustave to attempt the theft of one of the world's most valuable diamonds, she discovers an underworld of treachery and fiendish plots.

Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddues manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Remy that he needs to save?

When I read the synopsis for this book, I was immediately interested in the story and looked forward to a story of a crime spree around Victorian London, all carried out by a young circus acrobat. However, what I have read is much more than that - the theft of a jewel is just the beginning of the story, what follows is much cleverer.

The book is very in keeping with the new trend of Steam Punk, and I think basing the story in Victorian London sets the perfect scene for The Diamond Thief to be set. The story begins as a jewel heist - with Remy trying to steal a valuable diamond but soon develops into a lot more than that. The following story would be at home in an Indiana Jones film with the inventions in line with those created by Doc in Back to the Future.

Although the book did not turn out to be what I expected, I was pleasantly surprised, and although when halfway through the book didn't think it was my thing, I actually really enjoyed it. It is something different for confident child readers to enjoy. It captures the readers imagination, and holds it to the very end.

I received this book through The Amazon Vine Programme.

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