(E-book was gifted by author for review)
Fans of the book Oliver Twist will love this story about the artful dodger all grown up. I have not read Oliver Twist and wondered did I need to before I started reading it, but I need not have worried as it did not focus on Oliver in any great way.To start with I wondered how this story would be handled being a sequel of sorts to such a well known classic but it was handled carefully and with much love from the author for the time period and the characters involved. I absolutely adored the old style of writing and story telling that this tale serves up to the reader. The author takes you right into the heart of London and it’s many and varied characters. A favourite part for me was the use of the old English language, you can almost hear the characters talking in that wonderful old slang.
Jack (The Artful Dodger) Dawkins comes back to London after a stretch of time in Australia for crimes he committed at a child. In his absence the faces and the city itself have change. But ever the artful dodger he finds himself back in the thick of things faster than even he perhaps wants to. Life takes him from one side of the law to the other and from one lifestyle to another to suit the situations at hand, going from street pickpocket to hero and back again. All the characters though seemingly separated by their class and lifestyles all intertwine in the end.
All in all a wonderful story about a very interesting character. Fans of Dickens should not be disappointed by the tell of this tale and is definitely worth a read.