I'm not a fan of the style of writing in Chasing The Dark. I don't think it's very unique or different. I was bored throughout and the writing is supposed to guide the reader through the story, and I don't feel like it did that for me in Chasing The Dark. Overall, Chasing The Dark was disappointing for me. I really had high hopes but I just couldn't get into it.
I do like the cover, and I do like the title, but I thought that with a story line with so much potential it could've been amazing. But I was really let down. May 24, Vincent Ripley rated it really liked it. Book review will be published first on http: I was looking for something to read in this genre when this book popped through the post - I'm really glad that it did.
The title of the book perfectly captures what's in store for the reader. This is a brilliant new crime-mystery story told through the eyes of a teenage boy looking for answers as to the death of his mum. Joe's mum is killed in a hit-and-run car crash, along with someone that he's never heard of before Book review will be published first on http: Joe's mum is killed in a hit-and-run car crash, along with someone that he's never heard of before. He finds himself at the gates of an empty mansion; a house of glass belonging to an old movie star. And it's here that Joe unlocks the dangerous mystery of what happened that night.
The author has been inspired by an eclectic mix of Dickens' Great Expectations, the famous Lord Lucan mystery and the opening of the KGB files back in These have been used to great effect and lend a sense of mystery and possibilities to the story. I have to say that this diverse mix of ideas and inspirations really make this story quite unique. This book has a fast paced nature to it - the story unfolds the mysteries that Joe faces as he heads further into this dangerous adventure. It is layered with unexpected twists - just when you think that you've got the story sussed you have to think again.
One of the strong points of this book includes the host of very interesting and varied characters that will have you gripped from the start until the very end.
The main characters are Yuri, a scary ex-contract killer with a heart of gold and a secret stash of emeralds. Norma Craig, an old movie star with a secret or two, Joe Slattery and his sidekick terrier called Oz.
The all important bad person is the mysterious character know as Vulture, a Russian spy, who wants to eliminate her previous history at all cost. If that's not enough, then there are many secondary characters to keep you company along the way. This book will take you slowly down the darkened path of murder, espionage, the London crime culture and a secret family past. There are many hidden secrets that will make you want to uncover the answers for your very self. It is very well written and is full of ideas which are deliciously dark and sometimes brutal.
These have all been told through the modern day perspective which also pull at the heart strings. I would love to read more books like this as it was an absolute pleasure and delight. This is another great book from such a diverse author who also writes under the name of Sam Osman. Apr 25, Melissa Layton rated it really liked it Shelves: I can honestly say that I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. I will admit that it started out a bit slow, but MAN did it pick up! I got completely sucked into Joe's adventure. Joe is a very likeable kid. He really doesn't want any trouble, but he won't rest until he has answers.
Joe is quite good at deduction and I was really impressed with his skills. He is smart, brave and a pretty dang good kid. Along with Joe, there were some other pretty great characters. First of al I can honestly say that I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. First of all, I have to say that I love Oz! He's such an awesome dog. One of my favorite characters - other than Joe, obviously - was Nina.
Joe meets her in the lair of a crime boss, working for him to pay a family debt. She is full of fear, but she is more driven by her need to be free than giving into that fear.
Nina is tough, smart, sneaky and very brave. She is exactly the kind of person Joe needs on his side in order to succeed. I just loved her to bits. Another character I liked a lot was Joe's best friend, Bailey. Though he wasn't in the story that often, Bailey - and Oz, as a matter of fact - brought some much needed comedy to the team.
He was also quite tech-savvy, which was very helpful for Joe and his mission. I really enjoyed Sam Hepburn's writing style, once I got used to it. The settings were vivid and interesting and she was able to pace everything so perfectly. Except for at the very beginning, I didn't feel like it dragged or was too fast. There are so many questions that cropped up as I was reading, but I am really pleased to say that all my questions were answered by the end.
Sam did a great job tying up all the loose ends and I closed the book extremely satisfied. There is a ton of action and suspense and danger and even a twist at the end that I didn't see coming. Overall, Chasing the Dark is a very interesting, action-packed, riveting mystery that is bound to thrill readers young and old. Aug 11, Parie rated it really liked it. Chasing the Dark I decided to read this book because I was looking for books in the library and this one caught my attention as I walked past.
It also looked reasonably short. The reason that I put this book in this category is because it is written in Something new that I learned from this book is to never give up. Joe never gives up on finding out the truth about his mum and follows every lead that would help him achieve his goal and in the end he got there. A character that I enjoyed reading about was Joe because he is a very determined young boy who had experienced so much at such a young age and dealt with it all very well. Overall, I really liked the book and would read more recently published books in the future.
Joe hat es gerade wirklich nicht einfach: Seine Mutter ist bei einem Autounfall ums Leben gekommen und er wurde aus seiner gewohnten Umgebung in London gerissen um von nun an bei seinem Onkel und seiner Tante, die ihn so gar nicht leiden kann, zu leben. Er nimmt sich fest vor, herauszufinden, aus welchem Grund seine Mutter in dieser Nacht sterben musste. Sehr gut an diesem spannenden Jugend-Thriller hat mir gefallen, dass es sehr geheimnisvoll zugeht und auch noch der sowjetische Geheimdienst involviert ist.
Chasing the Dark has 89 ratings and 24 reviews. Zaid said: I got this book from the local library as i was searching for books to read and it was a great. Joe's mum is dead - killed in a car crash, along with a man he's never heard of. Forced to leave his home on the estate and go and live with his unwelcoming.
Jul 17, Katy Noyes rated it really liked it. And a pretty good one too. Following similar plot lines to adult thrillers, there's a mystery, a good guy and his friends, some bad guys and an enigmatic homeless man. There's a definite air of Great Expectations at the start. With an innocent and grieving Joe missing his mum, dead in a car crash, he quickly meets a Magwitch-like tramp who needs his help and soon after a reclusive old woman at the heart of another murder mystery, who distinctly reminded me of Miss Havisham.
But apart from those two, it's very much a modern thriller: Teenage Joe is sent to live with his sour aunt after his mum is killed in a car crash. But why was she in a stranger's car at all Joe stumbles upon clues that reveal it may not have been an accident. Joe gets his friends to help and picks up an older female sidekick, who seems to be there to get beaten up a lot. I wasn't too sure about her motivation to help - there are gangsters involved that want to hurt her and she very easily bends to the leadership of the younger boy.
Joe is likeable but at the same time his voice didn't always feel real - occasional teen-speak like "sicker" seemed a bit 'thrown in'. His knack of spotting the missed clues from chapters earlier was also a bit too lucky.
This page-turning adventure story is well-paced and full of surprises. Properly pacey, smart and intriguing thrillers for younger readers are rarer than you would think. Chasing the Dark is a great new addition to the genre. Its hero is year old Joe Slattery. Joe has recently lost his mother in a car accident and is living in the country with her snobby sister, Doreen. All sorts of elements feed into a fast-moving and cleverly structured plot: