Rochelle’s #CBR5 Review #5: Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson

Silver is 11, an orphan, and lives with her mean Aunt, Mrs. Rockabye in Silver’s sprawling ancestral mansion, Tanglewreck.  Something has gone horribly wrong with Time and a sinister man shows up at Tanglewreck looking for a clock called the Timekeeper.  Silver is a ‘child of prophecy’ and only she can find the Timekeeper.

I wanted to like this book so much more than I did.  I couldn’t let go of the feeling that it was a lot like Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.  The main character is a slightly feral child, who is the only one who can bring something about.  There is a coldly beautiful woman, who takes an interest in the child.  She also experiments on children.  There is a boy who becomes her traveling companion.  There are alternate times and universes, and a few popes.  Sadly, there are no talking polar bears.

It is a well written book.  I just couldn’t let go of the Pullman comparisons.