REVIEW: Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Rivers of London

Back of the Book:

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England. Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden… and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair. The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying.

My Thoughts:

A book that was not the sort that was hard to get into. PC Grant’s escapades kept me on the edge of my seat with the book open. Luckily I was able to get some of it on audiobook so I could finish listen to it whilst driving. Personally the audio book spoilt it for me as I started it with the paperback and when I switched lost my thread. It was great in the moment to listen to the story however after a couple of chapters and concentration being dealt out to other things threads were lost and the end of the story just tailed off. Re-reading is not my strong point but I did what had to be done!

So . . . PC Grant an unassuming police constable has come to the point where he is put forward into a special section and without giving too much away his new unit is one that isn’t quite let’s just say within the normal realm. With trepidation and much disappointment as his love interest was offered ‘Murder Squad’ PC Grant decided to go all in with gusto. Funnily enough the most exciting part of the love interests new job role was staring at a computer screen for most of the day and being a general dogs body.

From North to South this book takes us through some of the greatest and grottiest places in London. Being able to identify with many of the places mentioned in the book I was also able to make a list of some places that when I have completed the series I hope to seek out. London is one of the most fabulous cities in the world with some truly unimaginably beautifully landmarks and even more unknown hidden gems.

This book will have you howling with laughter, shouting out yes or no and possibly a few obscenities along the way. However it is a book that despite being lost in translation between the audio book and paper copy I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend to anyone that likes a bit of mystery, pure fiction and London of course.



worthy fix

(A little justification: Mostly due to being lost between the audio and paper book)

Look out for the next review when I manage to finish the book!


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