The Thief Taker - C.S. Quinn | Book Review

Hey guys, today I wanted to share a book with you. I've recently finished reading The Thief Taker by C.S Quinn, and have had a serious love-hate relationship with this book, so I thought I'd tell you why. Let's begin! 

The general gist:
The book is set in 1665, during the time that the Plague is taking hold in London. I really enjoyed reading a story from this time period, I so often read books based in the modern day, it made a really nice change. The book begins with Charlie Tuesday investigating a murder case, however, not all goes to plan, and things quickly take a turn for the worse. Throughout the book, you follow Charlie as he moves across London, pursuing this murder, whilst also discovering links to his forgotten past. Ooh, mysterious. All of this is done whilst trying to avoid catching the plague I might add! 

Charlie: Charlie seems to have his head screwed on right. He's experienced a tough childhood, both he and his brother were orphaned from a young age, and they have some unanswered questions about their past. I think this has made Charlie quite thoughtful, I didn't ever feel annoyed by his actions, which made it enjoyable to find out what he was going to do next. He lives life as a thief-taker, so you'd think that he'd be used to finding himself in some sticky situations, but it does seem like he's being challenged to the limit throughout the book! 

It's really hard to write about the other characters without giving major spoilers. Which is super annoying because I feel like I can only speak about Charlie. But hey ho. During the book, we see him have to place his trust in someone, and it's a big gamble, but I think the way Charlie handles the situation shows he's a true gentleman, even through these troubling times. Something that I didn't expect to see happens very close towards the end of the book. You could say that a space in his life has been filled. It certainly came as a shock to me, pulled on the heartstrings, and made me eagerly await the sequel (which I've now started reading). I also really learning about Charlie's past, and how he has come to learn so many secret routes around London, whether it be from his own exploration, or because of help from some of his friends. 

The read:
So, despite my enthusiasm above, it took me a long time to fall in love with this book. A long time. I'd say it wasn't until I was about a third of the way through, maybe even half, before it finally felt like I was getting somewhere. Yes, things were happening in the book, but, some chapters aren't from Charlie's perspective, and I actually found those chapters a little confusing and distracting. Towards the end, you see that they are necessary, but during the read every time it took a turn away from Charlie, I would sigh and it would become an effort to keep reading. However, in the last half of the book, things get crazy and my attention was gripped, which was pretty shocking considering I was so very close to giving up in the beginning, and now here I am reading the sequel!

Would I recommend it?
Yes. I would. I think the setting for this book is great, you really get a sense of what it must have felt like to live amongst the plague, and it is so worth getting through the first half to find out what happens in the end. The mystery aspect of the story is also pretty good, I certainly didn't see it coming. You'll know what I mean when you get there. 

Go, go, go! Get reading!