What’s it about?
When Ted and Kat watched their cousin Salim get on board the London Eye, he turned and waved before getting on. After half an hour it landed and everyone trooped off – but no Salim. Where could he have gone? How on earth could he have disappeared into thin air?
Since the police are having no luck finding him, Ted and Kat become sleuthing partners. Despite their prickly relationship, they overcome their differences to follow a trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin. And ultimately it comes down to Ted, whose brain works in its own very unique way, to find the key to the mystery.
My eleven-year-old niece and I bought this book in a local second hand bookshop on Book Shop Day last year. She read it and then passed it on to me as she’d enjoyed it and I spent a few enjoyable hours over a weekend with it.
If you’ve enjoyed books of the Nancy Drew and Wells and Wong series then you’re likely to enjoy this book too. A good old caper with a couple of kids investigating a disappearance better than the police can…that kind of thing. Only this search is aided by Ted’s condition…whether that’s Autism or Asperger’s it’s not actually spelt out, just that he has a differently wired brain!
The books is quite humourous, but of course, it’s probably not meant to be funny as this is just the way Ted is and how he reacts and breaks down social situations that feel alien to him but it’s done in a way that I expect the target audience (I would estimate pre-teen) will understand and empathise with.
I think this is one of the those books where it tells rather than shows; I didn’t feel there were any real clues to pick up on and the book ending will probably annoy regular readers of mystery novels because you at least want a chance to solve the mystery even if you can’t.
At the end of the day the real star of this book isn’t the mystery but Ted!
Author Link: Website
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Source: Purchased (2nd hand book shop)
No of pages: 336