Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married - yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise.
When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight, with a gun if necessary, for the freedom of her family.
The third instalment of the quartet. Sally is a surprising and modern heroine, and her fight against unknown and relentless evil in Victorian London makes an exhilarating and unforgettable novel.
An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller.
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Philip Pullman writes beautifully! A well researched period mystery, full of suspense and drama. Anton Lesser narrates magnificently.
"Thrills and suspense, Victorian style."
Sally Lockhart is no ordinary Victorian heroine and Philip Pullman's series of four books will keep you enthralled as you follow her adventures in Victorian London and beyond. This is the third book in the series but I strongly recommend that you read the books in order (Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North, Tiger in the Well and the Tin Princess) to keep the characters and plot developments in order. Each book moves at a cracking pace with the action hurrying you along yet never losing the chance to paint a convincing picture of Victorian life and the restrictions on women. Highly recommended.
"An enjoyable read"
I have read many books by the Author and never been disappointed. A great heroine character put under duress by a set of circumstances that bring out the best of British stiff upper lip, the mysterious socialist and the monstrous evil bad man, a great romp from beginning to end.
The narrator is very good, well paced and a good range of characterisation.
Anton Lesser brings books to life and Pullman offers insights into Victorian England that are full of intrigue and surprise. I've loved these books, wish there were more. Fantastic!
A cast of super characters, deliciously bad baddies, and likeable goodies (perhaps a little to good at times). Nice plot.
Good action sequences, easily visualised.
Lovely lovely Anton Lesser. Cannot do anything wrong in my eyes. He could read the telephone directory and I would enjoy it.
I so liked reading a book which didn't rely on foul language and irrelevant sex scenes. Perhaps an old fashion read but all the better for that.
"Exceptional 3rd Installment"
Tense, textured and thought-provoking.
Daniel Goldberg - although Sally, Harriet, the new lawyer and the Irish lads are all excellent. All the characters in this book are exceptionally well drawn as is 19th century London which becomes a living, breathing character of it's own.
This is the third book in the Sally Lockhart series and Anthon Lesser does a great job in all of them. For me, his tone fits perfectly and he does a decent job of the female voices - which I imagine is not easy. His inflections for the Cockney, Irish and Jewish characters are, to my ears, very good.
I did, very much. I have enjoyed the previous two novels, but this one is significantly more mature in it's tone. I believe they novels are classed as YA fiction, so as a 34 year old man, I'm certainly outside of the target demographic. The plot revolves around a complex scheme to ruin Sally and take from her everything she holds dear. A few hours in and you feel her situation is so desperate, that she is so utterly trapped and helpless that it's almost tough to listen to. As a father I think the involvement of her young daughter made the narrative so compelling and her situation seem so distressing.
I would also mention that the discussion on Socialism versus Capitalism which underpins the plot through the latter half, its very thought provoking. The story vividly describes the human cost of Capitalism in 19th century London and while Sally is realising her involvement and responsibility, you can't help but see the modern parallels.
Start from the beginning with the Ruby in the Smoke and enjoy the series, you won't be disappointed. I'm going to download the fourth one now.
Great book to end the series with, gripping & superb story. Loved it, just glad as a woman that i didn't live in these times
Heart-pounding gritty drama
Changed direction on every page...
No idea what would happen next.
Put emphasis on important details, which I may have missed when reading.
And I just loved his voices, when reading other characters
When Sally felt powerless to prevent what was happening to her.
"Another Pullman winner!"
In Tiger in the Well, Sally Lockhart once again is just magical. She is an incredibly strong, bright, courageous model for young women everywhere. The plot is gripping and holds the reader right to the end, but I truly enjoy Pullman's talent for description. You're with Sally in the basement as fear wraps around her. The streets of London are real, you feel the darkness and danger, you can smell the life of the poor in that era. Sally is a true feminist and learns a lot about herself in this novel. Her conversion to thoughtful socialism is wonderful and again, a model for readers. Pullman keeps you wondering how all the horrible things Sally had to go through could possibly have happened all the way to the end and the end is both stunning and a surprise. Anton Lesser reads the novel extremely well. The characters come alive with his ability to give them all a unique voice. As far as I'm concerned, I hope Pullman continues to write about this wonderful character and her truly engaging compatriots.
"There is life after His Dark Materials"
There is life after 'His Dark Materials'.
Having loved the HDM trilogy, I suppose there was always some question as to whether Philip Pullman could write something else anywhere near as engaging. Well, this book proves that he is a brilliant writer.
I was gripped by this book - it is by far the best of the quartet so far. While not absolutely necessary to have read the first 2 books, you will get more out of the characters if you have. The story has a blistering pace full of twists and turns, and is full of tension, good (quite Dickensian) villians, unlikely (and quite appealing) heroes, and a plucky and engaging heroine in Sally Lockhart.
Anton Lesser's reading of it is fantastic. He does the voices and accents very well, even the female characters. The only voice I wasn't quite sure of was that of the 'hero', but this is a very minor point.
There was the odd predictable moment, but overall it was highly satifying, and probably the best audio book I've listened to to date.
I'm only sorry that I've finished it, and that the fourth book in the quartet is not available on audible.co.uk. I've bought it in hard copy though.
I highly recommend this book for both young adults and adults.
"The Best Book in the Series"
Fantastic story, intriguing lovable characters and masterfully narrated. The only negative thing I can say about the series is that the last book doesn't seem to be available as an audio book. (Although that might have changed since I wrote this review.)
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