Welcome for another blog tour, this time looking at the young adult political mystery and thriller, Number 10 by C.J. Daugherty. I mentioned in my WWW Wednesday post yesterday that I was just finishing it off, and I’m so glad I was able to take part in this blog tour because I’ve loved it so much. My thanks to Bei at Midas PR for inviting me to join!
Eight months ago, Gray Langtry’s mother became prime minister… now someone wants her dead.
Gray’s life has been in turmoil ever since her mother was chosen to lead the country. First, they had to leave their home and move into the prime minister’s official residence at Number 10 Downing Street. Now, everywhere she goes, she must be accompanied by bodyguards. Worst of all, the media won’t leave her alone — she’s in every tabloid, and her behaviour, her appearance, the length of her skirts… everything is judged. The scars from her parents’ divorce and her mother’s abrupt remarriage are still raw. She doesn’t like her stepfather. She doesn’t like this life.
When she’s photographed drunk outside a London nightclub, it makes headlines. Gray is grounded and given new bodyguards – younger, cooler, and harder to fool than the last batch. It’s Julia, the new bodyguard, who tells her that a new terrorist organisation issued a threat, and the threat is credible. They say they’re going to kill her mother and Gray. When Gray tries to find out more though, no one will tell her. One of the few people who understands what’s happening is Jake McIntyre — the son of her mother’s political enemy. But can she trust him?
Late one night, while sneaking through dark government halls, she overhears a terrifying conversation. The situation is much worse than even her mother’s security team suspects. But will anyone believe the prime minister’s wild child daughter? Afraid for herself, her mother, and her country, Gray is determined to find proof. But she must move fast.
The clock is ticking.
I’m always a big lover of young adult thrillers and mysteries, and this ticked so many boxes for me. I haven’t (yet) read the Night School series that C. J. Daugherty is well known for, but I was immediately interested when approached with the above synopsis. It struck me as a unique idea; I’ve read books with characters in all sorts of positions in life, but the daughter of the Prime Minster? With there being secret tunnels to sneak into Parliament? YES.
I love a rebellious lead character, and I love actions that have later, planned out consequences, all of which we get with Gray. Because of the – normal – teenage lies she tells to sneak out to parties, when it comes to her mum needing to take her seriously, she doesn’t have her trust, and is put in a difficult, terrifying position.
I found the first 20% ish of the book a bit slow to get going, but then things suddenly get started with a jolt, and I couldn’t put it down. It also completely made sense for that first 20% to have been a bit slower, as there were a lot of things to set in place. Sometimes a slow build is the best way to start a book!
Like I’ve said above, I love the character of Gray, but although the cast of additional characters is small, they are all endearing. Julia, Gray’s bodyguard, in particular captured a piece of my heart, because of her own story woven in, along with her commitment to her job. Jake and Chloe, Gray’s friends, offer her a level of support that is really lovely to see, especially for someone in such a precarious position as the Prime Minister’s daughter.
One of the really important things that this book draws attention to that is important for the audience of young adults especially is the damage that the press can do, and the impact that they can have, not just on who they should be targeting – if they should be targeting anyone at all – but to children, and to leading an every day life. Gray becomes as rebellious as she does because of being unable to go to parties, and out for coffees, without being watched, followed, threatened. It’s an important subplot, that I’m really glad the author decided to draw attention to.
My thanks to the author and to Midas for my copy of the book, and involving me in this tour.