Mary Hooper is one of the best historical childrens/MG book writers there is. It’s always clear she’s researched her chosen historical era well, and this is no exception. Kitty Grey is a likeable, relatable girl who isn’t some strong, untouchable heroine. She gets scared and unsure in the dark heart of London, and you really feel for her when everything seems to be going downhill.
It was an easy, fun read but I couldn’t help feeling a little annoyed by the coincidences (especially at the end), and the niceness of some people. The ending seemed rushed, and to be honest I can’t see how her adventures affected her that much by the end. I can’t go into much detail in case I spoil it, but I think it would have been more interesting if she went with the second of the two possible endings.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy it, and loved being sucked into the early 1800s for a time.
Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy.
Out UK 9 May