This book, most excitingly, was sent to me by Hot Key publishers in exchange for a review – this is the first time I’ve gotten a book from a publisher which was specifically for review, and so it’s kind of a milestone for my book blog. I was very excited to receive it in the post at the start of this week!
The picture I have of the cover here doesn’t really do it justice – the red is a separate page to the map behind, and it’s all very atmospheric as you can see the map of 19th-Century London behind the striking red cover. Not that I’d judge a book by its cover, but this was an unusual and impressive example.
AJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his GCSEs, and his future is looking far from rosy. So when he is offered a junior position at a London law firm he hopes his life is about to change – but he could never have imagined by how much.
Tidying up the archive one day, AJ finds an old key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth – and he becomes determined to find the door that fits the key. And so begins an amazing journey to a very real and tangible past – 1830, to be precise – where the streets of modern Clerkenwell are replaced with cobbles and carts, and the law can be twisted to suit a villain’s means. Although life in 1830 is cheap, AJ and his friends quickly find that their own lives have much more value. They’ve gone from sad youth statistics to young men with purpose – and at the heart of everything lies a crime that only they can solve. But with enemies all around, can they unravel the mysteries of the past, before it unravels them?
A fast-paced mystery novel by one of the country’s finest writers, THE DOOR THAT LED TO WHERE will delight, surprise and mesmerise all those who read it.
I enjoyed this book – the time travel aspect was an interesting way of creating tension in the book, and the fact that AJ wasn’t the first to discover the door means that the tangled web of intrigue which came before him needs to be unravelled before he can begin to understand the implications of what he can do and what Jobey’s Door means for him and his friends.
I had a few tiny complaints about this book – one being that AJ seemed to have no issue accepting his new name, and that his surname was different to what it always had been. I also took issue with the fact that people could just hop between centuries with nothing more than a change of clothes. Whatever about the 19th Century, surely in the modern day, a lack of papers would prove to be a serious issue for anyone within a matter of weeks?
I also had a small issue with the fact that the book was a little predictable – I was cottoning onto things much faster than AJ – although I suppose that’s often the way with murder mysteries – and I knew once identities were revealed who would stay in which century. They’re really very small niggles, though.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot, but certain logistical issues brought me out of the moment on a few occasions. Not enough to detract a whole lot from my enjoyment of the book, though!
A solid Three Stars