This exciting roller coaster of an adventure is the first solo outing for author Sam Sedgman, following his hugely successful Adventures on Trains series co-written with his friend M.G. Leonard. As a lifelong fan of puzzles, games and detective fiction, plus having a clock obsessed father, Sedgman has combined all of these and more into this original fast-paced story.
Young aspiring inventor Isaac Turner lives with his dad, Diggory, the chief horologist in charge of maintaining Big Ben and the clock within the tower. The night the clocks are due to go back across the country, Isaac’s Dad has taken him with him to help with the special operation needed to do this, but things suddenly go awry when Diggory vanishes leaving behind only a smashed pocket watch and a cryptic message. Along with his new friend Hattie, daughter of the Speaker of the House, Isaac must follow a series of clues across London, uncovering a sinister plot deep within the UK government, which threatens his own and many other lives and even time itself.
Sedgman’s debut novel is jampacked with so many different elements; science, maths, our democracy and how the world measures and engages with time. There are rooftop chases, locked room dramas and heart stopping excitement galore, with a gripping finale as the true villain is uncovered. It is also populated with many interesting facts about London landmarks and our history, cleverly incorporated in the twists and turns of the exciting plot. I predict this will be a very popular addition to any library, home or classroom and can’t wait to read the next book in the series.