Source: eARC courtesy of Strange Chemistry via NetGalley -get your own copy from The Book Depository
What is so fascinating about the circus? I think it dates back to childhood days where we are so impressionable that the pomp, the animals, and weird & wonderful truly grabbed our hearts and souls. It’s also a very special treat which makes it utterly precious as memories. My love for circus in literature also dates back to childhood –does anyone remember Mr Galliano’s Circus by Enid Blyton? One of my childhood’s favourite!
Pantomime, whilst is set within a circus, is actually quite a dark sort of feel. It opened with Micah Gray, having been caught snooping in the circus and desperately seeking for a way in –a way to survive, having ran away from home. For the first half of the book, the story alternated between Iphigenia Laurus and Micah Grey to provide the background of these characters. At times, it felt quite slow as the secrets are unveiled bits by bits however there always seem to be a carrot dangled in front of you and you can’t help but chase after it all the time…
The blurb does not do the book justice but I’m not about to give you any more than the blurb because that’s the fun of reading it for yourself! The unveiling of all the itty bitty mysteries the author has buried deep inside the story. There are quite a number of layers in this book and I can’t share one without telling you about the rest. Suffice to say that when I started to wonder what the title, Pantomime, has to do with the book, it came about and I really enjoyed the last few chapters. This is not a stand-alone book! It definitely has whetted my appetite and I am anxiously waiting for the sequel (2014! So far away!).
A note to parents, this book is pretty clean (there are some kisses and a little touch here and there) however be prepared to face some GLBT type of questions. I would suggest you read it for yourself first.
Thank you Strange Chemistry and NetGalley for the privilege to read & review galley