I have been incredibly lucky to get an early copy of Tasmin Cooke’s debut novel ‘The Scarlet Files: Cat Burglar’ which is due for release in January 2016. This picture really doesn’t do the cover (designed by Lizzie Smart) any justice it’s a beautiful shiny silver with a red and black animal print which immediately captures your eye and makes you want to open it and find out more. I was also really intrigued by the premise that Scarlet is a Schoolgirl by day and Cat Burglar by night and this fantastic book definitely lived up to my expectations. It is a brilliant debut which had me enthralled from start to finish.
Scarlet and her dad are on a mission to return stolen treasures to their rightful owners. The story opens on an adrenaline rush with Scarlet and her Dad breaking into a house to retrieve an Aztec mask and bracelet. Little does she know that this Aztec bracelet is about to change her life forever and place her and her father into extreme danger. When the bracelet disappears and her Dad is kidnapped she is forced to go on the run. To make matters worse, strange and mysterious things beyond Scarlet’s control start to happen and her reality becomes totally distorted. Pursued by people who will stop at nothing to get the bracelet back, Scarlet is in a race against time to find her father before it’s too late.
This book is packed full of tension, excitement and drama you never know what is going to happen next. It is a great mix of contemporary action interweaved with fantasy elements which I found really compelling. It features a feisty heroine, a genius computer hacker sidekick Ethan and dastardly villains which give the story a real depth. Tamsin manages to make you suspend your disbelief so that when we see Scarlet’s powers developing we are totally accepting of the extraordinary events that unfold. The ending leaves the reader feeling that there really must be more to come from Scarlet and that further details will be revealed. I’m therefore delighted that there is a second book in the series due for release in July 2016.
To find out more about Tasmin and get a sneak peek at the first chapter you can visit her website:
A big thank you to Oxford University Press for sending me a proof copy to review.