Black London, Book 1
Synopsis : Her name is Pete Caldecott. She was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then a spirit Jack summoned killed him before Pete’s eyes—or so she thought. Now a detective, Pete is investigating the case of a young girl kidnapped from the streets of London. A tipster’s chilling prediction has led police directly to the child…but when Pete meets the informant, she’s shocked to learn he is none other than Jack. Strung out on heroin, Jack a shadow of his former self. But he’s able to tell Pete exactly where Bridget’s kidnappers are hiding: in the supernatural shadow-world of the fey. Even though she’s spent years disavowing the supernatural, Pete follows Jack into the invisible fey underworld, where she hopes to discover the truth about what happened to Bridget—and what happened to Jack on that dark day so long ago…
Review : I was very intrigued by this book since I’ve seen the cover and therefore I was curious to know how it really was.
Pete is a young traumatized woman by an event from her adolescence. The first pages of the book face us about what happened without really getting us any details. A magic ritual, the death of Jack : one of the main character and some omnipresent nightmares. But it’s all along the story that we can understand what it is about.
Petunia, detective, investigates about kid’s kidnapping and meets an informer, a man she thought dead : Jack. She will team up with him all along the inquest to discover what really happen to these children. Jack will lead Pete in a new world she doesn’t know anything about but it will be difficult for her to adapt.
It was weird that she trusts so fast Jack and follows him everywhere without really asking any questions about their past. She wants so bad to save him from the person he is now that she doesn’t even think about what she is doing. There is an huge tension between the two of them, but nothing happens. However, when we see how they act together, we could believe it’s an old couple. Anyway, I wonder how their relationship will evolve in the sequel.
The story has a dynamic rhythm with all the successive events. We never get bored and we’re very intrigued by this original world. We have some revelations little by little, which allow us to stay alert all along the book, to know the truth. But I hope we will lean more in the second novel.
We quickly like the two protagonists, despite they’re very different. It’s difficult for Pete to evolve on the margins of the law, but she has no choice, mainly in this merciless world where mages and sorcerers kill each other. She thinks she has matured since her 16, but I think it’s not really true, not for some points. However, her attitude about Jack is practically the same despite she decides now to impose her choices. She trusts him in the beginning although he doesn’t make anything for that, it amplifies her naivete. We have a lot of questions about Jack. And we quickly understand that he wants something from her, but we must wait the end to know what it is exactly.
I think this first novel lays the base of the story for the next novels.