*Thank you to Bloomsbury USA Children’s Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a digital ARC copy of this book for review!*
This would have been a 3/3.5 star review were it not for those last two-ish chapters. I think I enjoyed this book even more than the first one — and I had so much fun with “Knightley and Son”, which I continually pitched as basically the BBC ‘Sherlock’ but with a father-and-son dynamic. Really great stuff.
But this book had Wilbur. Wilbur and his continual helpfulness in the plot was a wonderful addition to the Darkus and Knightley team, to the point that I might have gotten far too attached to this canine companion. As for the humans, I enjoyed that there was some genuine (and understandable) father-and-son friction between those two.
And the mystery — talk about throwing me for a loop at the end! I definitely did not anticipate what happened and the last few chapters of this left me gaping…and misting up just a wee bit. Actually, no, I’m not misting up: I’m flailing internally within a glass case of emotion. I won’t say why, but I will just say that I am SO NOT HAPPY WITH YOU RIGHT NOW, MR. GAVIN. YOU’RE KILLING ME WITH THE FEELS.
Anyways, so much fun and I can’t wait for book 3!