Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Night Watchman Express by Alison DeLuca review Blog Tour de Troops

The Night Watchman Express by Alison DeLuca tells the story of Miriam.  She is a young girl whose father recently passes away leaving her an orphan under the care of her late father's business partners, the Marchpanes.  Unfortunately it seems that the Marchpanes have some kind of sinister plan involving the business her father worked so hard to build.  Miriam completely rebels against the newcomers to her home until Mana, the new governess is hired to take care of her.  Mana earns Miriams respect and teaches her to behave much more appropriately to her guardians.  The Marchpanes are unaware that Mana is in the house acting as a spy for her own reasons.

They story unfolds fairly well although I wasn't really sure where it was going in the beginning.  I really began to become interested with the introduction of Mana and the demonstration of her special skill.  The development of the characters is done very well with Mana teaching Miriam and the relationship the develops with Simon and Neil, the Marchpanes son and his friend from school.

The last quarter or so of the book actually focus on Neil and his adventures on Mana's home island.  This is where the action really begins to pick up, but the book ends with several questions unanswered.  Miriam and Simon are on the Night Watchman Express and it seems like a very bad thing.  Even though I am normally not a fan of the cliff hanger type endings this one wasn't too bad as there was some resolution in the story involving Neil and I will most likely be checking out the next book Devil's Kitchen.  I give the book 4 out of 5 stars.

Review copy provided by the author.


  1. Thank you so much for the review!

  2. Alison,

    I enjoyed the book. I'll have to make some time to read Devil's Kitchen as well sometime soon.