No-one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Remy Brunel. But Remy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world's most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.
About the Author
Sharon Gosling always wanted to be a writer. She started as an entertainment journalist, writing about television series such as Stargate and Battlestar Galactica. Her first novel was published under a pen name in 2010. Sharon and her husband live in a very small cottage in a very remote village in the north of England, surrounded by sheep-dotted fells. The village has its own vampire, although Sharon hasn’t met it yet. The cat might have, but he seems to have been sworn to secrecy and won’t say a thing.
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The Diamond Thief based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
The first of a new Steampunk / Mystery series, Sharon Gosling has hit on the tone that will appear to teen and adults alike. With a teen protagonist with the circus and a young detective from Scotland Yard, as well as several clever secondary characters the story proceeds apace and keeps readers glued to the page. From the opening scenes that bring the gloom and dinge from the Thames to the backstreets of London, Gosling is bringing in the characters as the bright lights of the story. Rémy Brunel is sixteen and a trapeze artist, the Little Bird. But she is also beholden to the owner of Cirque de La Lune, Gustave. Aside from her trapeze work, Rémy’s acrobatic talents and fearlessness are turned to jewel thievery, and this story’s quarry is the Darya Noor, a diamond of the first water on display in the tower. Rémy is beautifully drawn and developed, with wit, charm, spunk and a determination that is well-above her years. Living in Victorian London is dirty, dingy and a hard slog, but she doesn’t shirk from either danger or duty. She doesn’t however, always have the best luck. When she succeeds in stealing the diamond from the hands of a young detective from Scotland Yard, she thinks this job is done. But, there is more to come. Thaddeus Rec is a young detective with Scotland Yard. His assignment is the safety of the Darya Noor, and when it is stolen, he is jailed. Fortunately, his friend Professor Abernathy is able to secure his release, and encourage the thief and detective to work together to find the one responsible for switching the real diamond for one of paste. Thaddeus is a wonderful character, upright and quite adult even for his tender years, with a strong sense of gentlemanly behavior ingrained in him. He is attracted to Rémy, but more concerned with solving the puzzle. Cleverly, Gosling has imbued Thaddeus with a touch of Sherlock Holmes, minus the anti-social bits, and his character is quite sweet. With Professor Abernathy and his ‘laboratory’ the steampunk elements enter into the story, as the two take a wild ride to uncover the real thief and they grow closer. But a curse is revealed to Rémy, that states she will never have love, but can she reconcile that with her heart’s most treasured desires? Fun and fast paced, the story winds through London above and below ground with few moments that drag, even as there were some choices that don’t always make sense from a plotting perspective, the story is fun and engaging. Rémy and Thaddeus are clever and both have a real willingness to sacrifice themselves for those they love and care for, even as Thaddeus is a bit more black and white in his thinking than Rémy’s understanding of the varying shades of gray in every decision. Easy to follow story with fantasy and reality mixing in nicely with the steampunk elements and some magical overtones, this is a great start to a series that is sure to please many. I received an eBook copy of the title from Capstone Switch for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Look at that cover! The outfit. The diamond behind her back. The shaded eyes and mysterious expression. The gears in the letter “O”. If you couldn't tell, I love this cover; I’ve recently discovered that I am a SUCKER for book covers and The Diamond Thief, with all that it had going on, sucked me in. Since finishing this book, I appreciate this cover even more because of all the minute details that allude to the book. The Diamond Thief was a fun and quick read; the characters and situations were set up very early which allowed for the plot to get rolling right off the bat. The story is about Rémy Brunel, a trapeze performer in a circus of thieves, who attempts to steal the Dayra-ye Noor (a famous and precious diamond) and Thaddeus Rec, the young detective, who tries to protect this it. Through a series of events, these two are forced to work together towards a common goal. Rémy and Thaddeus couldn't be more opposite, a cat and a mouse essentially, which made it intriguing to see how their opinions changed throughout the book. It’s told through two viewpoints, probably in hopes of establishing these characters as two separate entities. Do I think that it needed the dual POVs? No. I didn't feel like it added anything to the story; I could have been just as happy, if not more, with just Rémy telling the story. As with most books, these two characters find out that they aren't as different as they had originally thought; it allows for these characters to see past themselves and to really understand the other person. There were some interesting plot developments that we didn't get to see through but I'm hoping that they'll be further explained in the sequel. Rémy and Thaddeus were only two in a ragtime team of misfits trying to fight against the big bad guy; the other characters were fun though not well developed. J, a boy who entered both of their lives separately, was my favorite character because he brought a comedic relief but he also brought with him the enormity of what they were doing. The book was chalk full of role reversals and I loved it; Sharon took stereotypes that we are familiar with (weak girls, wise older men) and completely flipped them on their heads. It was probably my favorite aspect of the book because as a reader, I enjoy inverting my views. This book does contain the weirdest case of "instalove" that I've ever read about and to honest, I didn't really care about; the plot and mystery was compelling to me but the romance was quite lacking. Overall it was a fun read! I finished it pretty quickly and I ended up really enjoying it.
The Diamond Thief is probably the most fun, whimsical novel I've read in quite a while. Its slightly simple plot, almost reading like a middle grade novel, was unique in its own right. I was a bit critical of the book at first; however, I did begin to lighten up as I became increasingly immersed in the story. The lovable characters, the lovely writing, the British setting - all these contributed to the pure joy that is The Diamond Thief. I was completely enamored by the adventure and the historical intrigue. While I do wish the beginning had done the book justice, the rest of the book makes up for the initial suspension of interest. Gosling's writing did such an admirable job of painting Victorian London and staying true to historical accuracy, while at the same time juggling the steampunk plot line. This is most likely the only time I will ever be able to oversee the insta-love that occurs between the two main protagonists--Remy succeeds in redeeming herself by consistently proving she is a fierce, tough girl. But, I did not like how easily some conflicts were solved for her, making the novel seem more juvenile than it actually is. A highly satisfying blend of historical and fantastical themes, The Diamond Thief truly is an entertaining read with minor flaws that can easily be overlooked. 3.5 stars.