This book was what I hoped ‘The Miniaturist’ would be like – The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Book Reviews, Book Thoughts, literary london, London, Recommended


Thaniel Steepleton finds a mysterious watch in his lodgings. He keeps it, wondering at it’s provenance, until it rescues him from an explosion. He tracks down the owner, the intriguing Keita Mori, and the police ask him to keep an eye on him. Taking a room at the strange watchmaker’s house he finds secrets that bewilder him. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow, a brilliant young woman, disguises herself as a man to be able to study, and fights against the future that her family and society proscribe for her…

I saw this book advertised for absolutely ages before I got it. And I really wanted to read it but was worried that I would be disappointed, like with The Miniaturist. But I really wasn’t! It was a terrific tale full of intrigue, adventure, mystery and clockwork and I loved it. I so enjoyed the strange characters that we met, the way the story unfolded and diving into a world so like ours but with small additions.

Again, I read this a fair while ago, so may be a little hazy on the details. I think one thing that was great about this book was the way it unfolded. From the start of it you are hooked and interested, but really have no idea where it is going to take you. It’s fairly rare that I’m surprised by books (and I annoy my husband when we watch films because I can usually tell him what is going to happen) but I really didn’t know what was going to happen next here. And I don’t think I would ever have guessed it!

It did get a bit confusing though. It’s one of those where you just think, okay, this probably does make sense but I’m not actually quite sure how. I’ll probably have to re-read to find out! It seemed to take a long while, too, for different parts of the plot to finally come together, but they did eventually and it worked.

It’s also quite casual with historical setting, but I don’t really mind that. After all, every book is set in a fictional place really, even if it’s based very strongly on a particular place and time.

So perhaps, looking under the magic excitement that I had, there are some problems with the book… but really I was looking for the magic excitement so that works for me! Looking forward to a re-read!

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