This is one of those books that I enjoyed but that I got to the end of and hardly knew what happened or how to review it. It’s 1883 and Thaniel Steepleton is a telegraphist for the Home Office and one day he returns home and there is a clockwork watch in his room. He’s puzzled by its appearance but some months later the watch saves his life from a bomb. He traces the maker of the watch, a Japanese man called Keita Mori to whom there is more than meets the eye. The third person in the story is Grace Carrow, a young scientist whose life becomes intertwined with the two men.
This is a fascinating and interesting book and I really enjoyed reading it. It needed some concentration and as I said, I’m not entirely sure it all made sense but it’s clever and intricately plotted. Oh, and there’s a wonderful array of clockwork inventions that really make the story original. I liked Thaniel very much – he’s level-headed and kind and I just wanted things to work out well for him. Great read.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Bloomsbury pbk May 2016