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London In The Dark (Light of London Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 3, 2017
About the Author
Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she's not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.
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London in the Dark by Victoria Lynn is an exciting, mysterious story of estranged family members and baffling robberies. Though I do have some negatives (as I shall reveal below), it was a great novel that I really enjoyed and couldn't wait to see what happened next.
I found the beginning to be a little slow, but once it got going, it packed a powerful punch! There were several twists I couldn't believe, and some things (not noted here because of spoilers) broke my heart. The end was fantastic! A few times I was a bit confused as to what was going on, but it was a mystery, after all, and I soon caught on.
I was also a little confused by the epilogue as it skipped forward quite a bit and seemed to jam a lot of information into one place, but I'm guilty of that in my own writing (I like to see my stories tied up in a nice, neat bow!), so how can I complain?
I sometimes got them mixed up (my fault ...), but the characters were, overall, quite interesting. Let's taking a look at a few of them.
Cyril: he annoyed me for the greater portion of the book. I was so angry with him. How dare he be so cold and cruel, so unfeeling, so evil? I felt that Cyril was the real villain and didn't sympathize with him one bit. I could see absolutely no reason for it. He just seemed to be mean for no reason in particular. But then I learned about what happened, and I understood. Still, I wish it could have been hinted at a little more all along.
Olivia: I'm not emotional, so you'd think I wouldn't get along well with Olivia, but she was really a sweetheart. I loved her dedication to her piano-playing, and how her emotions seemed to guide her playing. However, she did make some really stupid decisions that made me angry at her.
Dudley: I'd heard of the official Dudley fan club, and I entered this book curious ... but knowing that I'm already in love with Gil, so there's no need for me to fall for another book character. Well, I didn't fall exactly, but I can see why girls love him. He's really cool and fun to read about.
Mrs. Hobbs: WHO DOESN'T LOVE THIS LADY!? She's hilarious and endearing and sweet.
I'm not going to list anymore (mostly because I would probably give away spoilers and partially because I don't want this post to be too long), but, for the most part, they were all well-developed and interesting, even though I didn't love all of them.
I found it difficult sometimes to remember what era we were in. It seemed modern at times ... or at least a couple decades later. However, the description was excellent and I did get a good feel for the appearance of the characters, etc.
I feel a little bad about saying this, but I felt like the writing was weak. Don't get me wrong: the style was good (amazing, even ... I really enjoyed it!). There was nothing to complain about in the author's style.
However, this book needed editing. Punctuation rules seemed to be basically ignored, there were several typos, and lots of awkward/hard to understand sentences. It wasn't awful ... but it did detract from the story.
[Note: I was just informed by the author that the copy I have was not the completed version. I wasn't aware of this fact - probably wasn't paying close enough attention - and so there are probably no typos, punctuation mistakes, or other writing errors in this book any longer.]
Violence: mentions of death and dying and a (somewhat described) death. Several people are shot/wounded in another manner. Stores are blown up though no one is hurt (I don't think).
Parental guidance suggested for more sensitive middle-graders due to violence. Okay for all ages.
A decent story with an intriguing plot, interesting characters, and a great writing-style, this novel needed some work in as far as editing and setting goes, but was amazing in every other way. I'd definitely recommend it to any lover of a good mystery with well-rounded characters and a positive Christian message.
~Kellyn Roth, @reveriesreviews.wordpress.com/
Definitely a new favourite, and Victoria Lynn has been added to my list of Favorite Authors. I can’t wait for the rest of the Light of London series to be released!
Highly recommended to anyone who loves any of the genres I mentioned above!
All of the characters were great. I could really get the feel for each one. I loved how the author contrasted Olivia and Cyril, who are basically opposites and hence have an… interesting relationship. XD Dudley was the perfect blend of the two, I think, which pretty much made him the peacemaker and the moderating influence. He was pretty fantastic also!
This isn’t your standard ‘whodunit’ type of mystery, though. It focuses more on theft as the crime being committed, with Cyril as the detective. Which was kinda cool, since everyone is used to the ‘WHO KILLED MR. SMITH’ type of story.
BUT ALSO. CAN WE TAKE A MOMENT TO APPRECIATE THE DIALOGUE IN THIS. (Why yes we can because this is my review and I can ramble in parentheses for as long as I want the moment to be. Mwahaha.) Somehow, everyone has a delicious British accent, which is probably one of the most awesome things of ever.
I loved the themes here! It’s about forgiveness and restoration, and it was all handled very well!
I did take off one star. Because at times Olivia seemed a little… spineless. *nods* Although I’m a teenage guy and I have a very ‘suck-it-up’ sort of mentality sometimes. So that's more just my opinion.
All in all, a super fun and uplifting read! I’d recommend this for ages 10+ because there is some violence/scary moments towards the end. :D
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