Number 10 by C J Daugherty @CJ_Daugherty @moonflowerbooks @midaspr #YAThriller #BlogTour #NewRelease #BookReview

Firstly I wish to thank Bei Guo at Midas PR for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Number 10 by C J Daugherty


From the bestselling author of the Night School series and The Echo Killing, comes a new political young adult thriller.

Eight months ago, Gray Langtry’s mother became prime minister… now someone wants her dead

Gray’s life has been in turmoil ever since her mother was chosen to lead the country. First, they had to leave their home and move into the prime minister’s official residence at Number 10 Downing Street. Now, everywhere she goes, she must be accompanied by bodyguards. Worst of all, the media won’t leave her alone — she’s in every tabloid, and her behaviour, her appearance, the length of her skirts… everything is judged. The scars from her parents’ divorce and her mother’s abrupt remarriage are still raw. She doesn’t like her stepfather. She doesn’t like this life.

When she’s photographed drunk outside a London nightclub, it makes headlines. Gray is grounded and given new bodyguards – younger, cooler, and harder to fool than the last batch. It’s Julia, the new bodyguard, who tells her that a new terrorist organisation issued a threat, and the threat is credible. They say they’re going to kill her mother and Gray. When Gray tries to find out more though, no one will tell her. One of the few people who understands what’s happening is Jake McIntyre — the son of her mother’s political enemy. But can she trust him?

Late one night, while sneaking through dark government halls, she overhears a terrifying conversation. The situation is much worse than even her mother’s security team suspects. But will anyone believe the prime minister’s wild child daughter? Afraid for herself, her mother, and her country, Gray is determined to find proof. But she must move fast.

The clock is ticking.



This is a fabulous book for young teenagers as it has a little glamour, a little romance and a mum that still wants to treat her daughter like a child although she is 16. Gray is not your typical 16-year-old teenager, ok she likes to sneak out and go to the occasional friend’s birthday party, she likes now and again to have a little drink and has been grounded for doing such things. What makes Gray different is that she is the Prime Minister’s daughter. After being grounded and assigned a new team of bodyguards, for disobeying the rules again, Gray is frustrated and unhappy. That is until one of them shows her the underground tunnels beneath number 10.

Gray is a lovely character who at times seems way beyond her years but at others small and vulnerable. Gray’s mum doesn’t keep Gray in the loop of what goes on, which puts her in danger. On the other hand, Gray doesn’t always tell the truth so when she really needs people to believe her no-one does except her two closest friends. Gray, her bestie Chloe and the son of her mum’s political arch-enemy Jake become a trio of super sleuths.

The descriptions of the inside of Number 10 made the place feel like a tardis of multiple lifestyles, some in a working capacity while the parts where Gray, her mum and stepdad lived had a quite sterile feeling, designed to entertain but cold and distant for a normal family

The story has momentum, lets the reader get to know Gray and her friends then it slowly builds to a thrilling conclusion.


C.J. Daugherty was 22 when she saw her first dead body. Although she’s now left the world of crime reporting she has never lost her fascination with what it is that drives some people to do awful things as well as the kind of people who will try to stop them. While working as a civil servant she visited No. 10 Downing Street and saw people disappearing into a small door with her own eyes – this became the inspiration for the novel Number 10.

A former crime reporter and accidental civil servant, C.J. Daugherty began writing the Night School series while working as a communications consultant for the Home Office. The young adult series was published by Little Brown and went on to sell over a million and a half copies worldwide. A web series inspired by the books clocked up well over a million views. In 2020, the books were optioned for television. She later wrote The Echo Killing series, published by St Martin’s Press, and co-wrote the fantasy series, The Secret Fire, with French author Carina Rosenfeld.

While working as a civil servant, she had meetings at Number 10 Downing Street, and saw people disappearing through a small door leading to a staircase heading below ground level. This visit became the inspiration for Number 10.  FYI: She still doesn’t know if there are tunnels below Number 10. But she hopes there are.

Her books have been translated into 25 languages and been bestsellers in multiple countries. She lives with her husband, the BAFTA nominated filmmaker, Jack Jewers. 

Twitter: @CJ_Daugherty

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