Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can’t quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob – a young lawyer with an utterly normal life – hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other.
But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world, and for once, it isn’t Charley’s doing. There’s someone else out there who shares his powers and it’s up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them – before anyone gets to The End.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh wow, if there was ever a book that I wanted to be part of it would have to be this one. What a tremendously brilliant story, I am not really one for blurbs but I am a real sucker for book covers and the titles that make them stand out, so with that in mind, I went into this story quite blind.
I was utterly giddy when Rob Sutherland tracked his younger brother Charley down at the university where he worked, then read open-mouthed as he eventually came face to face with the real-life Uriah Heep from the Dickens books. Charley had been born with a gift, a gift where he could literally read characters out of stories! Rob a lawyer, had been called on over the years to help Charley control and return the characters back between the covers. I felt like I was a girl again meeting these characters that I had grown to love as a child in the classics.
It isn’t long into the story that things take a seedy direction with characters popping up that Charley had nothing to do with. Something big is going to go down and the race is on to find out who is behind it all. I still get butterflies in my tummy when I think about the story as character after character made their appearance. The thought of having Sherlock Holmes at the dinner table regularly as the brothers grew up just made me chuckle.
It turned into a race against time to find out who could be the other summoner of characters. The story drops back to when Charlie was born and what life was like for the family, who had to keep Charley’s gift a secret. Such a terrific read that I feel will be a huge success with a wide age range from 12 to 100. This is the author’s debut novel and I simply loved every page.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE, IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
H. G. Parry lives in a book-infested flat in Wellington, New Zealand, which she shares with her sister and two overactive rabbits. She holds a PhD in English literature from Victoria University of Wellington, and teaches English, film and media studies. Her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction and small press anthologies. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is her debut novel