I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Door That Led To Where by Sally Gardner
Published by Hot Key Books on January 1st 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: the Publisher
AJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his GCSEs, and his future is looking far from rosy. So when he is offered a junior position at a London law firm he hopes his life is about to change - but he could never have imagined by how much.
Tidying up the archive one day, AJ finds an old key, mysteriously labelled with his name and date of birth - and he becomes determined to find the door that fits the key. And so begins an amazing journey to a very real and tangible past - 1830, to be precise - where the streets of modern Clerkenwell are replaced with cobbles and carts, and the law can be twisted to suit a villain's means. Although life in 1830 is cheap, AJ and his friends quickly find that their own lives have much more value. They've gone from sad youth statistics to young men with purpose - and at the heart of everything lies a crime that only they can solve. But with enemies all around, can they unravel the mysteries of the past, before it unravels them?
A fast-paced mystery novel by one of the country's finest writers, THE DOOR THAT LED TO WHERE will delight, surprise and mesmerise all those who read it.
This book was my first encounter with Sally Gardner’s writing. Yeah I know… I should be ashamed of myself. But then again, I just had to read this book. For reasons that seem quite obvious to me. It’s time travel. Modern day London and 19th century London, that’s a win!
I haven’t read many time travel stories now I think about it. But when I read that The Door That Led To Were was about time-travel and London in two different ages I got intrigued. I love London. I’ve been there a few times and there’s this mystery and beauty to the city that blows me away every time I see it. And I loved that I felt the same way reading about the city in this book. Sally Gardner does a wonderful job portraying both modern day and 19th century London.
This book read really easily. I don’t really know how else to describe it. I finished the story really fast, and I think this has to do with the writing style that felt so comfortable to read. I never felt rushed, just extremely comfortable till I reached the very last page. The pacing even felt a bit slow at times. That, and I figured out where the story was heading pretty early on.
While the time-traveling added a bit of a ‘fantastical’ element to this book. I really enjoyed that AJ’s situation at home was anything but fantastical. The problems with his mom, bad grades (which results in bad job prospects), made for a very realistic character with problems that many readers can identify with.
While I really enjoyed the setting and the ‘fantastical’ and ‘realistic’ elements within this book, I just wasn’t really blown away by The Door That Led To Where. In the end it made for a fun and quick read, and an enjoyable story.