Paperback - 2007
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Jonathan Starling's father is in an asylum and his home has been attacked when, while running away from kidnappers, he stumbles upon Darkside, a terrifying and hidden part of London ruled by the descendents of Jack the Ripper, where Jonathan is in mortal danger if he cannot find the way out.
Publisher: London, England : Scholastic, 2007.
ISBN: 9780439944366
Characteristics: 242 pages ;,20 cm.


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Jul 09, 2013

Jonathan discovers another part of London, sealed off from the part where normal people live. This part of town is called Darkside, and it is populated with criminals, vampires, werewolves, and other monsters. Long ago, all the worst criminals were rounded up by the city and put in Darkside, which was ruled by Jack the Ripper, and is now ruled by his descendants. Tom finds out that his father’s mental illness, and coma-like states may have connections to Darkside. He is chased though London and Darkside by a bounty hunter and her two henchman, and enlists the help of a werewolf detective, Carnegie. Very well-written and interesting. I would recommend it.

kitchenboy Mar 02, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book, even though its primary target audience are juvenile readers. Tom Becker's world of Darkside is compelling and creepy. If you enjoy this book, another one similar to this is Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. It's geared to older readers and has the same atmosphere of another dark, creepy parallel world hidden within the normalcy of everyday.

Aug 03, 2010

Really Good, full of suspence and action. Tom becker can really write.
The beginnig is a little dull though.
(Read the second book Lifeblood)

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kitchenboy Mar 02, 2013

kitchenboy thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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