Review No.55 – Who Could That Be At This Hour?

Who Could That Be At This Hour? – Lemony Snicket

Hardie Grant Egmont, 2012

A thirteen year old boy is waiting for a train when a secret note sends him climbing out a cafe window into the battered car of his mysterious new mentor. She will whisk him away from everything he thought he knew to the backwater town of Stain’d-by-the-Sea – which is no longer by the sea – in an attempt to solve a robbery that may not, in fact, be a robbery. There are inquisitive cab drivers, strange telephone calls and more questions than anyone knows what to do with, but even the simplest of answers cannot be trusted.

The name of Lemony Snicket will be very familiar to readers of A Series of Unfortunate Events, the thirteen-volume chronicle of the luckless but highly resourceful Baudelaire children. The same straight-faced bizarreness can be found in this, the first book in his new series ‘All The Wrong Questions’, which takes on his own (fictional!) childhood. It shouldn’t be read as a continuation of Unfortunate Events, but there will be familiar characters and the hint of future explanations. If you loved his earlier books, you should definitely read this one too; if you have not yet been introduced to the weird but wonderful world of Lemony Snicket, this is a good place to start.

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