Ben Aaronovitch

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

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Summary from goodreads:
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.

Rating: 4.5/ 5 stars

Midnight Riot, otherwise known as Rivers of London, is one of the most exciting books I have read in a while. The characters each had their own distinct personality that made me feel for them when and if anything was to happen to them; even the dog had a personality. There was also a great deal of imagery throughout the book and the fact that it was in first person point of view really helped you capture the image as though you were there and experiencing it first hand.

Peter Grant was living the most normal life a constable could live. That was,however, before he encountered a ghost, met a wizard, and witnessed magic. The author made Peter Grant's journey very witty and easy to read but still maintained a good amount of suspense. There were times where I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time, there were times I just had to put the book down and take a deep breath to prepare myself for what was to happen, and there were times where I was just glued to the action.

There were certain aspect to the main character's personality that made me cringe as as I was reading, but that was, after all, a part of him and without it, I probably would have thought differently of his actions (for the better).  Apart from that, the only other thing that bothered me was, although it did contain action and excitement, some bits were sort of dull and the pace was a little slow, but to be honest that was more of a personal preference. I just happen to like books that are a bit more fast paced.

I recommend this book to whoever likes books about magic, ghosts, and consists of well rounded and well developed characters. It is definitely a great read and you should definitely give it a try.

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