Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
This book is like crime scene/murder mystery + fantasy creatures + a sherlockian feel to it. I had been reading a lot of fantasy/science fiction type books lately but I was getting kind of bored with the usual fair or vampires, werewolves, and the like. What is interesting about this book is that it is take from the perspective of a cop who isn’t really that great at his job but some how takes a statement from a ghost on his first major case but isn’t bothered by it and things go from there. The character is slowly growing but in a comical and rather human pace.
There is also a good about of references to historical facts and events. The other thing is the characters are very diverse and even though there are the usual fantasy characters they almost take on a new twist with this different perspective. This is the first book in the Peter Grant series and I definitely plan to read more.
Sometimes I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplights could only be moments away from disaster. That everyone’s life, no matter how unremarkable, has a moment when it will become extraordinary–a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen.
Initially I wasn’t sure if I would even be interested in this book. Having been out of high school for quite some time, I really have just come to the point where I can’t stand young adult books, especially if they are angsty. However from the first two paragraphs, the first above, I liked it. It seemed to be more about how a single moment can drastically change the direction of your life.
The main character, Ezra, was the popular jock and never really thought about life after high school beyond being recruited for tennis. Then he is in a car accident that shatters his knee and things change.
This book has a feel to it much like “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” with cool friends who go out and do outlandish things like silent raves and a floating movie club. In the end you get a sense of how the character has changed and changed for the better.
Of course there is the romance in it and teenage partying but the main aspect is how everything can change so fast and drastically but in the end things will get better and you can survive it.