Thursday, August 14, 2008

The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

Huh, this one was interesting. Ted, a young teen with Asperger's, and his fashion-obsessed sister visit the London Eye with their cousin Salim. Salim goes up in the capsule and never comes down. The sibs and their family are thrown into chaos as they all try to figure out what happened to Salim and deal with their grief.
I thought Dowd's characterization of Asperger's was spot on, entirely believable without turning to mockery or stereotype. The rest of the characters (excepting Kat) were somewhat flat, but this could have been intentional due to Ted's perspective of the situation.
Ted is a young narrator (he's thirteen) and the resolution was not as strong as the rest of the story, but it certainly made me think.
I'm giving it a Thumb's Up.

1 comment:

Iris said...

I thought it read pretty young, though it had a busy little plot and a harrowing ending.