Book Review – The Miracle Inspector

The Miracle Inspector – A Sobering tale of Dystopian London

Rating: 4 of 5
Author: Helen Smith
Format: Kindle, Paperback

On his way to the office, Lucas reflects on the silliness of some of positions employed by the ministry – The Inspector of Cats and The Inspector of Hedgerows and Grass Verges for example, and other such nonsense.  Clearly there were those who wrote the constitution who had a vested interest in these areas.  Of course with the restriction on women being able to travel outside of the home, there had to be some oversight hence the Office of Women’s Travel.  Lucas himself, The Inspector of Miracles, had quite a busy schedule compared to most what with all the attention seekers claiming to have a bona fide miracle.  Still, his life was unsettled even unfulfilled and his wife was clearly unhappy.  There were rumors – rumors about places beyond London and certainly England where there was hope and opportunity for a better future and society.  But thoughts like these were dangerous; those who had them would suddenly disappear or worse.

Helen Smith’s – The Miracle Inspector – is a disturbing peak into a dystopian world where the underbelly of society are those who create poetry and art that lament the lost past while stirring the insatiable hunger for change.  Smith conveys in her characters a wonderful sense of realism in a world which from a distance might seem impossible, but as read feels all so believable.  There are a number of small story arcs that felt left open to me which at first left me frustrated, but upon reflection I think now they add to the overall feel the novel is meant to convey.  It is a world where many things are clear – the rules, the expectations, while at the same time it just does not make sense at a base almost unspoken level which drives the characters behavior.  In many ways, I felt the same as a reader where not all the loose ends were neatly tied up – they aren’t supposed to be – just like the characters, there is something more there you just don’t exactly know what it is at a conscious level.

As I closed the final pages, I had mixed emotions.  I wanted more and at the same time didn’t know what I expected if there was.  I was definitely left with an emotional reaction that went well beyond the moments after closing the book.  In this regard, I think the novel did exactly what it set out to do.

For fans of this genre, I suggest you pick up The Miracle Inspector.

Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.

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Posted on March 1, 2013, in Book Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for the review, Todd. I’m so glad you liked the book.

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