First off, that revelation at the end just as everything was falling to pieces, that was perfect timing. So perfect it left me a little winded tbqh. Well done, Mr. Aaronovitch. You've successfully made me jump out of my seat while waiting at the DMV. That's no easy feat because it was the DMV, the whole place was packed, and I was standing.
This isn't a review so much as just me using this space as a concept board. So onward with it already?
"Perfectly human monsters, everyone of them."
Nightingale to Peter when asked whether or not serial killers were of the magical persuasion*. This line alone sums up the foundation of the book.
Strange things are still happening in and around London, although this time they're stranger than the usual disturbances. The plot sort of picks up where the previous book left off, and familiar characters make brief appearances to help Peter and Lesley as they unravel a mystery that doesn't look all that mysterious on the surface. We see the young and curious Abigail again, this time for extended periods of the plot. Sergeant Kumar of the underground turns up to hand over a crucial piece of the puzzle. The mysterious Zach also drops by to hang out with Peter and Lesley. Beverly Brook, whom I thought had been forgotten, and her River sisters make some appearances only to disappear again.
There's a good amount of self-deprecating humor and outright hilarious moments in this book, but all of it take a back seat to the perfect timing ending mentioned above. It's not quite a cliffhanger, though it does leave a lot up in the air.
Unlike the previous three, I thought the title for this book lacked a sense of poetic mystery. Rivers of London, Moon Over Soho, Whispers Under Ground--oddly lyrical titles for urban fantasy mysteries, wouldn't you say? And Foxglove Summer? Sounds sweet, if a bit twee. Even Midnight Riot (the US title for Rivers of London) promises mystery and an adventure. Broken Homes, in contrast, seems sad and straight-forward. Out of character compared to the rest of the series, and then that ending busted out of the rubble and now everything makes sense. I didn't realize how well the title tied everything together until that very moment. And what an explosive ending that was. I'm still brooding over it.
It wouldn't be an Aaronovitch book without quotable moments. Here are some of my favorites:
* Of humans and monsters
There's a whole lot of interesting development ahead, and I look forward to all of it.
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I'd like to thank Will Martin of the Penguin Group for sending me a copy to enjoy.