Today’s post is a little book review of Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London. I first posted this review as one of the first reviews ever published over here on All Things Gee almost 4 years ago… 4 years how insane is that! That being said it is definitely time for me to update this review. Since the original publication of this review I have read this book several times. I hope you enjoy! Editing and updating this post was a very strong reminder that I really should post a review of the rest of this series. *Spoiler alert- Still very much obsessed*
Rivers of London was a book I was recommended by my Dad and one that I was sceptical of reading. As someone who has an unhealthy addiction to Sherlock Holmes this book is of a similar genre but I tend to avoid books that are close to it. However I will openly admit I was wrong and it is very much worth the read.
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.
However, I stand corrected. Although I am yet to buy a physical copy of this novel (I will be in the future) . This has not changed… Still very much need to buy a physical copy of this book, however I have the rest of the series in physical copy. When I first decided to check out this book I started to listen to it on audible and I was hooked. Not only is it a mystery crime thriller it is also a fantasy book that leads you round the streets of London on the hunt for whatever magical creature is behind the killings.
One of the main reasons I think this book is so brilliant is that the locations it is set in you can visit and they will look the same as described throughout. Give or take a few little changes that have taken place. It is so easy to lose yourself in this book.It’s set in all the places that I recognise through living in London or just outside of.
When I first started listening to this book for the first time I was living in Kingston and studying in Strawberry Hill, I would listen to the audiobook on the bus to uni/work and would be passing through some of the locations were scenes would take place at the same time. I think this is one of the reasons I loved it so much and found the experience all that more magical.
If you have been here for a while you will know I am highly likely to find at least one character to become emotionally invested with, however what I did not expect was to find myself intrigued and growing fond of so many.
At the end of the book we are introduced to a new character just before the book ends, I remember calling my dad as soon as I finished the book, seriously annoyed that I had so many questions, however once I got over this I was so excited to get round to reading the next book.
As someone who obsessed with magic,detective series, crime shows and who adores London. This book has a little bit of something for everyone. I found myself being hooked, and just wanting to read it as much of it as possible. I think it says something about the talent of an author when you finish a book and want to run and pick up the next in the series.
The book shows off the works of a truly talented author as it is never boring the scenes being described never drag and honestly you never know what is going to happen next. I feel the lesson to learn here is never to judge a book by its cover. You may just be pleasantly surprised.
Have you read this series? If so what do you think? If not is it a book that you think you would read?