Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. At the centre is Heap House, a puzzle of houses, castles, homes and mysteries reclaimed from the city and built into a living maze of staircases and scurrying rats.
The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, but Clod has an illness. He can hear the objects whispering. His birth object, a universal bath plug, says ‘James Henry’, Cousin Tummis’s tap is squeaking ‘Hilary Evelyn Ward-Jackson’ and something in the attic is shouting ‘Robert Burrington‘ and it sounds angry.
A storm is brewing over Heap House. The Iremongers are growing restless and the whispers are getting louder. When Clod meets Lucy Pennant, a girl newly arrived from the city, everything changes. The secrets that bind Heap House together begin to unravel to reveal a dark truth that threatens to destroy Clod’s world.
My Rating: 4/5
I received this book for review from Five Mile Press.
This was a very unique, captivating yet dark and weird read. I have never read anything remotely like it before.
The house itself was probably my favourite part. It was mysterious with secrets contained in just about every room, not to mention it's dark and gothic feel and it's just as mysterious occupants.
The plot was very imaginative and had a very fairytale type feel to it.
The portrait pictures throughout the book of the characters not only showed what they looked like but really set up the 1800's time period.
Not everyone who reads this book is going to like it due to its quirkiness but if you can embrace that it really is an enjoyable read.