Marlowe Hapworth is found dead in his locked study, killed by an unknown assailant. This is a case for the Great Detective, Madame Vastra.

Rick Bellamy, bare-knuckle boxer, has the life drawn out of him by a figure dressed as an undertaker. This angers Strax the Sontaran.

The Carnival of Curiosities, a collection of bizarre and fascinating sideshows and performers. This is where Jenny Flint looks for answers.

How are these things connected? And what does Orestes Milton, rich industrialist, have to do with it all? This is where the Doctor and Clara come in. The Doctor and his friends find themselves thrust into a world where nothing and no one are what they seem. Can they unravel the truth before the most dangerous weapon ever developed is unleashed on London? (Random House)

The synopsis basically lays out the whole plot. Spoilers! I didn’t exactly pay attention to the above, so the book was unpredictable until the very end—it was not very surprising, or unique. But I have to say, it is probably quite difficult to have an innovative idea for any entertainment involving science-fiction. Silhouette is alright; the characteristics are stale, the plot is sort of boring, and it’s almost completely obvious as to what the resolution will be.

I was intrigued by the murder at the beginning of the book, but disappointed at how all the time spent investigating was in one place, which was repeatedly observed by the Doctor, Clara, Vastra, Jenny, and Strax. The Doctor doesn’t even seem as himself, but more serious and bland.

So how was the story? Please, no, I must say that Doctor Who is definitely falling into pieces of shit. Well, at least the science-y part of it. [spoilers] Seriously, a gas cloud… made of angry emotions? I understand chemicals, but you cannot overpower a human brain with just a bunch of chemicals that would make a person so angry they could not possibly control it. The angry emotions are sucked from people and put into a big glass bubble-thing. They shrivel as their emotions were taken from them. Then, these “souls” were turned into one major weapon. But, really? I mean.. it’s not that great of an idea, honestly.

When I say Silhouette is alright, I mean I would give it 2.5 stars out of 5.

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”


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