An Atomic Moo Book Review of Kim Newman’s New Novel!
Y’know, if I were going to read just one book about weird little English girls, this would be the one. Wait. I did read a book about weird little girls! And this was the one! Funny how that worked out… Anyways, It’s time to break out the whiskey, settle in, and tell you about Titan Books’s new novel: The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School! This is a highly entertaining new novel by a master of weird tales, Kim Newman! A dark, haunting, and (often) humorous tale of a young girl who can float (Not fly. Float), and the her even more bizarre class mates. Here’s the synopsis:
A week after her mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy’s, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, super powered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the school, and it’s up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.
Yeah, it’s a book about supernatural young girls, and their weird school, but I wouldn’t say this another “young adults” fantasy book aimed at preteens. Not that I did, or you would either. Wow, this is good whiskey. Anyways, I’m just saying this isn’t a kids book. Well, not in the way you would think of (for example) the Harry Potter novels. Drearcliff can certainly be enjoyed by the young, but it has a bizarre, and weirdly dark, aspect to its supernatural theme that will entertain adults as well. Newman did an amazing job of crafting a world of super powers, and then showing readers that world through the eyes of a shy, and some what eccentric, young girl. The characters presented are darkly entertaining (if not terrifying) and even the main threat to Amy Thomsett, and her friends, is brilliantly told through Newman’s uniquely dour (and kind of disturbing) style. All in all, this is an excellent read and would be best read over the course of a cold winter break!
The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School is available now at all major book stores, or you can get your copy online at titanbooks.com!