First Impressions: Rotherweird by Andrew Caldecott

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a free copy of the book.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

The town of Rotherweird stands alone – there are no guidebooks, despite the fascinating and diverse architectural styles cramming the narrow streets, the avant garde science and offbeat customs. Cast adrift from the rest of England by Elizabeth I, Rotherweird’s independence is subject to one disturbing condition: nobody, but nobody, studies the town or its history.

For beneath the enchanting surface lurks a secret so dark that it must never be rediscovered, still less reused.

But secrets have a way of leaking out.

Two inquisitive outsiders have arrived: Jonah Oblong, to teach modern history at Rotherweird School (nothing local and nothingbefore 1800), and the sinister billionaire Sir Veronal Slickstone, who has somehow got permission to renovate the town’s long-derelict Manor House.

Slickstone and Oblong, though driven by conflicting motives, both strive to connect past and present, until they and their allies are drawn into a race against time – and each other. The consequences will be lethal and apocalyptic.

Welcome to Rotherweird!

First impressions:

Ok, first and foremost, let’s take a moment to dry the drool on our chins. Anyone else going gaga over this cover?? It’s truly fantastic.

And now: the content. So far, this story is an absolute trip. It’s divided into sections by month, and each starts with an “Old History” snippet. There’s a darkness to this part that puts you on alert. Then you transition to “now”, and there’s a quirky, whimsical feel to the characters and setting. But still, you can feel a lurking dark undertone. I can’t wait to see how this one plays out.

Thanks to the Quercus USA and Jo Fletcher Books teams for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour. You can find my Instagram post Here.

Book stats: Hardcover, 480 pages, Jo Fletcher Books, July 30, 2019

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