We have young Jeffrey Starkey and his sidekick, Suzie Charlton embarking on a great adventure when one of their school friends, Jimmy Brick, goes missing. They think they know where he is, but when they go and look for him he is nowhere to be found. Instead they find a dead body which is not Jimmy’s, and a business card that forces them to investigate further. However, it is not easy trying to elude people along the way who are determined to kill them in order to prevent them from finding out who they are and what they are up to. Will they solve the mystery or will they end up adding to the growing number of dead bodies that keep on turning up?
Theme of the Book
Children love stories of ghosts and demons, shape shifters, action and adventure. This story has it all, and the theme is good triumphing over evil. The author has created a brilliant plot where one is never sure just who the good people are and there are twists and turns in every chapter and just when you think you know what is going in turns out that you don’t!
What I Liked About the Story
Colin Garrow has written a story that will immediately be loved by children of all ages from 8 onwards, and as an adult, I too thoroughly enjoyed the story. It reminded me of the Goosebump series I used to encourage reluctant readers to read but with a tinge of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven or Secret Five stories.
The story was entertaining and fast-paced. Just when you think these two will be safe and out of the woods, some other calamity befalls them and they have to think quickly to keep eluding the bad guys.
The characters were well-developed and you could easily imagine just what they were going through. The story is told from the point of view of Jeffery and the humour that comes through had me laughing aloud in several places throughout the book.
What I Didn’t Like About the Story
There were a couple of errors in the story that the author has been made aware of. However, there were so few of these that in no way did they detract from the overall enjoyment of story.
Colin’s easy style of writing, his humour, and his ability to create a plot that will keep the attention of the most reluctant readers has to be recognized. It is one thing writing stories for children, it is quite another getting those who don’t like reading to enjoy them. This is a book that I would recommend to all children, but particularly to those who think reading is boring. Read this story and you will definitely change your mind!