A while back I was looking through the children’s books on NetGalley and decided to request this one. The cover and summary both seemed interesting and like something I would have loved when I was younger.
*I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When twelve-year-old Rory applies for a job at a spooky old mansion in his gloomy seaside town, he finds the owner, Lord Foxglove, odd and unpleasant. But he and his mom need the money, so he takes the job anyway. Rory soon finds out that his new boss is not just strange, he’s not even human—and he’s trying to steal the townspeople’s shadows. Together, Rory and his friend Isabella set out to uncover exactly what Foxglove and his otherworldly accomplices are planning and devise a strategy to defeat them. But can two kids defeat a group of ancient evil beings who are determined to take over the world?
This was a very fast read, partly due to the number of pages and partly due to the interesting story.
Although it isn’t creepy, this book is definitely mysterious. While working his new job at Foxglove Manor, Rory uncovers a sinister plot to steal the townspeople’s shadows. Between the magic, mystery, and supernatural elements there is plenty going on to maintain a fast-paced plot. Rory and Izzy have a great friendship and I love how much they support each other.
Although I liked the two main characters and the story, the writing was pretty simple, all other characters were underdeveloped, and parts of the plot were rushed. The problem seemed to be solved rather quickly and without much fuss, which seemed pretty anticlimactic. Part of me feels like this book should remain a standalone and part of me feels like it was a stepping stone for a sequel.
Regardless, this book was interesting, mysterious, and something I know I would have enjoyed when I was younger.