Rating: 4/5 stars
Sypnosis from Goodreads:
“Well, I doubt you’ll ever see a bigger insect.”
Gabby Nichols is putting her son to bed when she hears her daughter cry out. ‘Mummy there’s a daddy longlegs in my room!’ Then the screaming starts… Alan Travers is heading home from the pub when something rushes his face — a spider’s web. Then something huge and deadly lumbers from the shadows… Kevin Alperton is on his way to school when he is attacked by a mosquito. A big one. Then things get dangerous.
But it isn’t the dead man cocooned inside a huge mass of web that worries the Doctor. It isn’t the swarming, mutated insects that make him nervous. It isn’t an old man’s garbled memories of past dangers that intrigue him.
With the village cut off from the outside world, and the insects becoming more and more dangerous, the Doctor knows that no one is safe. Not unless he can decode the strange symbols engraved on an ancient stone circle, and unravel a mystery dating back to the Second World War.
Let’s talk about the characters:
Twelve aka The Twelfth Doctor as played on the show by Peter Capaldi:
Finally, a book that portrays 12 to a tee! About time! As a Whovian, I always doubly enjoy books that are written canon to their respective Doctor. I have read but a few books that portray 12 perfectly, this was one of them! The other being Silhouette by Justin Richards. But this book was written perfectly and I could read 12’s lines in his voice and see him doing the actions in the book. This was written in his early stages of regeneration, so I enjoyed the Doctor adjusting to his new skin, and I love the bond between him and Clara; it was obvious from the word go how protective and fond of her he is, and the two of them are among my favourite Doctor Who pair.
Clara as played by Jenna Coleman on the show:
Clara went on such an adventure through this book, there were times when I was terrified for her. I mean without being too spoilery, her brain gets possessed! Insane much? Definitely gave me vibes from her Oswin Oswald days, but also her time in the season 8 when she is forced to become a dalek. Like 12, she was written perfectly, I could see Jenna as Clara as I was reading.
There’s a cast of supporting characters that are all whacky but hilarious, some are insane and just trippy as anything. This book blended a lot of history into it, and as a huge history enthusiast, I thought that was brilliant, and Mike Tucker definitely did an exceptional job blending fact and fiction.
Let’s talk about the writing:
This was actually really well written, and initially all the descriptions of the creepy crawlies wete enough to draw one into the stuff of nightmares. I’m not good with bugs, not at all. So I definitely was kept awake at night picturing all the scary creatures. It was insane how well they were written, I could see them as I read them and it was definitely terrifying, I could almost hear the scary noises they made.
So yes, all in all this novel was definitely brilliant, unique and clever, but the downfall for me was that it was constant plot building. I mean I get Tucker was trying to write it like a TV episode but still, it would’ve got 5 stars if it was more structured to have a less rushing ending.
Nonetheless I recommend this book to all Whovians! And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading!