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The London Eye Mystery Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-02-22 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 61 user ratings
ISBN:1423370619
LANGUAGE:English

" I read this book tragically after Dowd died. I got it for free from school.This book had an interesting concept and an interesting plot for me, unfortunately however, I found the characters and execution underwhelming which is why I could only give this 3 stars.I don't know, I think I was expecting some killer plot twist at the end and that didn't happen. " said.

" We listened to the audio edition, and my almost 10 year-old son and I were absolutely riveted by the story. The narration, by Paul Chequer is excellent, so much so, that when we returned from our road trip with only a fraction of our audio book listened to (as usual), rather than finishing the book more quickly in paperback, we kept listening to it in the car, whenever possible. I found myself wanting to make excuses to go out driving and get stuck in traffic. " said.

"Agreeing with those who said it's a bit reminiscent of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, although for a younger audience. It is a fast paced story, and I think the audience will enjoy solving the mystery with the kids, although I'm not sure they have the clues to do so as much as they can follow along?

My peeve with the book is in its shape, and this is my new peeve. This is not a 400 page book, but the trim size is so small it makes it seem long. Its not pleasurable (to me) to read a small but fat book. Anyone know the source of this trend?
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"12/13/12

I am currently reading the London eye mystery by Siobhan Dowd. This book is about Ted and Kat two siblings and their cousin Salim. These three kids are on there way to a theme park with a BIG Ferris wheel called the London eye. Ted and Kat are to scared to get on, but Salim gets right on. Thirty minutes pass and the pod that he got in thirty minutes ago reaches the ground, but where's Salim? Well you will just have to read the book to find out! I can REALLY relate to Ted and Kat because they are both really scared to go on the London eye and so would eye, once I went on a ferris wheel about two years ago and I was so scared I started to cry! Especially when we were at the top! I think the author uses really good detail and leaves me in suspense just about every chapter I read. I would rate this book overall ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (five stars) because I really have been enjoying this book and I think it is definitely one of my favorites yet!
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"What a great young adult mystery by Siobhan Dowd! I've been meaning to read it for a while, and I finally picked it up when I was desperate for a good mystery read. Reminiscent of Roald Dahl's respect for children and their intelligence and worth, The London Eye Mystery has as its main character and narrator a boy named Ted, whose brain is wired differently than those around him, enabling him to view the world from a less constricted place. When his cousin, Salim, comes for a visit and disappears from a ride on the London Eye, Ted must use all his creative thinking and his sister Kat's help at reading people to determine what happened to Salim. The adults involved are predictably dismissive of Ted's observations and deductions, excepting the police inspector in charge of the investigation. As well as a puzzling mystery, Dowd provides a gentle prodding at how adults should be more open to a child's insights, especially those who are easily discarded because of their "different wiring." " said.

"Cerita "detektif" anak-anak yang tokoh utamanya, si Ted, mengidap sindrom-entah-apa-ga-disebutin, yang bikin dia paham hal-hal rumit tapi sulit mengerti hal remeh yang terjadi di keseharian.

Jadi penceritaannya sering menyebut hal-hal baru (bagiku^^) yang disebutkan secara sambil lalu. Kadang dijelasin, kadang dianggap semua pembaca jenius atau mau baca sambil ngegugel arti istilah-istilah asing tersebut.
Di sisi lain, penceritaan dari sudut pandang Ted ini berulang kali menyebutkan dan menerangkan hal remeh seperti "ekspresi tersenyum" ataupun kata-kata sederhana yang seharusnya dimengerti anak umur 12 tahun.
Mungkin dengan demikian pengarang bermaksud agar pembaca bisa berempati dan "memandang dunia" lewat kacamata seorang anak berkebutuhan khusus.

Misterinya sendiri menarik, terutama metode analisisnya yang sepenuhnya mengandalkan logika, di mana Ted dengan keunikannya dalam berpikir (view spoiler)" said.

"First of all, I should go into how I found this book in the first place. When reading "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness, I noticed it credited Siobhan Dowd as having the idea for the book. I looked into this a little bit more and learned that Siobhan Dowd had mapped out the storyline for her next book, and she tragically passed away before she could actually write the book. In her honor, Ness wrote the book using her notes, and in his forward for the book spoke very highly of her and told me I should read something by her if I hadn't yet, so I did. As a matter of fact, I felt a little stupid and bad, because I hadn't actually even heard of Siobhan Dowd before. When I looked at the local library, I found this story which seemed very appealing to me, as I love London and have spent some time there.

Now, on to the book review. It follows a young boy with Asperger's, which is never named but is merely referred to as his "syndrome" that causes his brain to operate in a different way from other people's. During a visit from his Aunt and cousin, his cousin mysteriously goes missing during a solo ride on the London Eye while Ted (our hero) and his sister are waiting down below. They watched him board the Eye, they watched him go round once, and then they watched all the passengers of his car disembark. There's only one problem. There is no Cousin Salim. The rest of the book follows Ted as he attempts his own investigation, with the help of his sister.

Firstly, this is a book appropriate for young readers, so I review it as such. While it may not be as polished or complicated as something I might read as an adult, I don't think it necessarily should be. The plot is more simply drawn, and the conclusion, while still creative, is fairly mild. It's not one that's going to blow the reader away. But hey, it's written for 10 year olds, so adults shouldn't necessarily expect Gillian Flynn, am I right? I think a book like this is a great introduction to the mystery genre for young readers, and I did enjoy the portrayal of a main character with Asperger's. I felt that Ted's voice was very authentic, and I enjoyed the quirky aspects of his personality. It's short and to the point, and the audio is very skillfully done by Paul Chequer (I'm remembering that off the top of my head, so I hope I got it right. Apologies to the reader if I didn't).
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"The London Eye Mystery caught my attention for two reasons. The first is because Siobhan Dowd is said to be the original creator of the (fantastic) book A Monster Calls, and it's set in London and the (fantastic) London Eye obviously plays a large part in the story.

As far as a mystery book, The London Eye Mystery did not disappoint. I definitely wasn't able to guess the ending even though Dowd did a wonderful job of hinting towards it. The story comes from the point of view of Ted, a young boy with a certain syndrome that makes his brain work like a computer. He and his older sister Kat have a very typical older sister/younger brother relationship, but it is put to the test when their cousin Salim and Aunt Gloria come to visit before the relatives move to New York City.

When Salim mysteriously disappears on the London Eye, Ted and Kat must put aside their differences and fears to try and figure out what has happened to their cousin. Kids can't just vanish out out of a sealed pod on The Eye, or can they?
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