Yes, I got some intrigued looks from my boyfriend when I came back into the room holding the knife, but in all fairness it was him that gifted one to me. (He was wondering how I’d use it a prop, not a concerned look, he’s used to my prop searches). Also, there are some Easter eggs in this picture if you’ve read the book…
White Rabbit, Red Wolf by Tom Pollock
Peter Blankman is afraid of everything and must confront unimaginable terror when his mother is attacked. Seventeen-year-old Peter Blankman is a maths prodigy. He also suffers from severe panic attacks. Afraid of everything, he finds solace in the orderly and logical world of mathematics and in the love of his family: his scientist mum and his tough twin sister Bel, as well as Ingrid, his only friend. However, when his mother is found stabbed before an award ceremony and his sister is nowhere to be found, Pete is dragged into a world of espionage and violence where state and family secrets intertwine. Armed only with his extraordinary analytical skills, Peter may just discover that his biggest weakness is his greatest strength.
I absolutely loved this book. I struggled to put it down to eat, to work, to sleep. I wanted to keep reading more and more.
It was full of maths and interesting problems and my mind was having a party as Peter counted numbers in his head, but not just 1, 2, 3… but square roots of each number, or maybe fibonacci series, or anything else of the kind. I loved every piece of numerical refernece that was there, the Cesar coding was such a fun thing to see there and the codes behind the pages, the greyed out number, it was like having a book written just for my pleasure.
The loop and loop and lie over lie, and loop and lie, was amazing and I absolutely loved it all, the plot twists kept coming and I loved each one and they left me with questions but more of the kind that says “hey, I want to know more, I need more, give me more books” rather than “what the heck happened” or “why?”. Marvelous indeed, and this is quickly rushing to be my book fo the year (unless the Girls find a way to surprise me again and wreck my heart like they did last year with After The Fire).
It is also a very difficult book to review without spoiling something because layers and loops and maths and I just can’t say how good this was. Read, go, read…