Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The House of Hidden Wonders by Sharon Gosling

Sherlock Holmes meets Dickens in this heart-stopping Victorian mystery. It is the perfect book for anyone who loves to explore the dark, haunted side of a historic city. There are new twists at every turn as Zinnie strives to uncover the truth. This is a wonderful story of challenging female stereotypes and finding strength in the midst of adversity.

In the dark, hidden streets of Old Edinburgh, spunky Zinnie survives with her ‘sisters’. Living day to day in poverty, these three girls have no one to rely on but themselves and each other. Zinnie can outrun and outwit almost anyone as she picks up work where she can, including for the infamous Arthur Conan Doyle (medical student and soon-to-be author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries). Then, one day, little Nell falls ill. Sadie, the healer, uses all of her knowledge of medicinal plants to try to help her but she just doesn’t have what she needs. The girls have no choice but to ask for help. Risking everything by confiding in Lady Sarah, Doctor Sophia Jex-Blake and Arthur Conan Doyle, they find themselves wrapped up in a dangerous mystery of ghosts, severed body parts and angry criminals. Zinnie’s keen observation skills become absolutely essential and she tries her utmost to unearth the truth.

The city of Edinburgh is a character itself in this thrilling story. Beneath the streets, another world exists. Through seances and dealings with the supernatural, Zinnie and her friends work together to outsmart the owner of the new museum, The House of Wonders. This collection of scientific wonders from around the world is full of dark secrets and nothing is as it seems. Zinnie must use every ounce of determination, resilience and hope to find the truth and convince others. Along the way, she realises life will never be the same again.

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