Demelza and the Spectre Detectors by Holly Rivers, illustrated by Alex T. Smith

Demelza loves science more than anything in the world. Her fascination for inventing started at a young age when she made the Magnificent Belly Button Cleaning Machine at the tender age of four. And now she spends her nights, when she should be asleep, beavering away on her latest inventions desperate to perfect whatever contraption her wild imagination has conjured up. But when she hears unexplained noises one night, she discovers something very strange, she has a very special talent that defies everything she has ever come to trust and believe in. This talent is something that will put her and her grandma in incredible danger as the encounter the terrifying Snatcher who will stop at no lengths to use her powers for his own gains. It’s up to Demelza and her sickly friend Percy to find a way to save her Grandma and herself.

‘Demelza and the Spectre Detectors,’ is an intriguing and delightful debut from Holly Rivers that I devoured in a few hours.  Demelza is a heroine that you can really get behind with her scientific obsessions and her unwillingness to follow the rules if it doesn’t fit in with her ideals. You know she’s really used to getting in trouble when she invents a robotic hand that can expertly forge your writing just so you can avoid writing lines at school. Holly has assembled a delightful cast of characters from the eccentric Grandma Maeve to the terrifying Ms Cardinal and the unexpected bully Miranda, everyone is full of surprises. It manages to be quite unexpectedly fun yet still manages to be thoughtful in it’s dealing with grief and the afterlife. This is a book that will keep you on your toes right to the very end as with it’s seemingly never-ending twists and turns. Every time you think you’ve worked out exactly what is going on Holly throws in something to completely confuse you. It really is a wonderfully constructed and entertaining mystery.

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Thank you to Laura and Chicken House for sending me a gifted proof copy of this book. ‘Demelza and the Spectre Detectors,’ is availabe to buy now online of from any good bookshop.


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