Sci-Fi/Fantasy

ARC Review: The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

The Furthest Station (Peter Grant, #5.7)


Title: The Furthest Station | Series: Peter Grant #5.7 | Author: Ben Aaronovitch | Publisher: Subteranean Press | Publication date: June 30th 2017 | Num. Pages: 144 | Genre: Fantasy | How I owned it: ARC copy kindly provided by the publisher

4 stars – A nice novella set in between the last two books

Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rivers of London

Moon Over Soho

Whispers Under Ground

Broken Homes

Foxglove Summer

The Hanging Tree


Synopsis

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying the crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

And time is running out to save them.

With this new novella, bestselling author Ben Aaronovitch has crafted yet another wickedly funny and surprisingly affecting chapter in his beloved Rivers of London series.


Review

The Furthest Station starts off with the same flair we’ve seen in previous installments to the Peter Grant series and I’ll tell you, it’s good to be back with Peter.

Though short at only 144 pages The Furthest Station is packed with enough information to give you an insight into the trouble peter can get into when left to his own devices.

This novella is about ghosts predominantly and we experience Toby the wonder dog in his element. The same characters from the previous books star with a special mention to Jaget and Abigail – Abigail in particular was brilliant – incredibly smart and up on all thing supernatural.

Ben Aaronovitch’s typical descriptive monologing through Peter is as always brilliant. My favourite is below:

 …it is the cry of the guilty middle-class homeowner.

This sort of thing always creates a dilemma since the scale of guilt you’re dealing with ranges from using a hosepipe during a ban to having just finished cementing your abusive husband into the patio.

The ghosts eventually give Peter the information he needs to locate a crime happening and in true Folly flair it’s filled with supernatural hijinks and Nightingale at his best. The magic was few and far between but the ghosts made up for it and the relationship between Peter, Nightingale and Abigail as well as Abigail and Molly were written very well. I look forward to seeing where the growing friendship between Abigail and Molly goes in the next books.

It was a touch odd reading book 5.7 after reading book 6 but there were no crossed boundaries that made things seem complicated so great news there. Overall, very well written.

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