Saturday, 7 February 2009

Bearkeeper by Josh Lacey

Just finished Bearkeeper by Josh Lacey. What a story!

It's about a boy who goes to London to search for his missing (maybe dead) father - and to avenge a wrong. But he gets caught up in the world of London and its dark side. And then with bears. And dogs. And murderers. And actors.

I don't want to give too much away, but the bear scenes are amazing. One almost too sad to read. Then others brilliant and uplifting.

This is a cracking story that barely* lets up, always something happening. It's frightening. Horrible. Moving. Everything. I'd really recommend it.

* no pun intended!


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Tom Palmer said...


I will do. Thanks for letting me know. I'll have a look at your site.