Review: The Night Tourist

05 Aug

I forced myself to finish this book quickly so that I could start the third book in the Twilight Saga, but it really was a nice read…


The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh

Copyright 2007, Hyperion DBG

Ninth-grader Jack Perdu lives on the Yale college campus alone with his the night tourist jacketfather. He has been told that his mother died in New York City when a sudden gust of wind blew a scaffold down from the side of a building. When Jack is wandering around campus with his nose in a book, as usual, he is hit by a car and wakes up in a hospital. Jack’s father tells him that soon after he recovers, he should go to see a certain Dr. Lyons in New York. After having a strange “appointment” in which Lyons only takes his picture, Jack wanders around Grand Central Station before he has to catch his train. There he meets Euri, a very pale and dated looking girl, who takes him on a tour of the lesser-known underground passages, saying “It’s a whole different world down there” (pg. 39).

And so begins Jack’s journey through the New York Underworld, a place not unlike that of Greek mythology. He hopes to find his dead mother and discover the truth about her death. How will Jack find her among the billions of dead spirits? And what about Euri, the ghost girl?

Although this book is rather slow and dull in parts, this is an enjoyable read for fans of Greek mythology. With colorful characters and vivid descriptions, The Night Tourist is definitely worth picking up.

Rating: 3 stars.

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