Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Conspiracy 365

Conspiracy novels are very dear to the heart of the children and a great hit with young people. Part of the reason for this development is because of the fact that young people are easily captivated by the concept of suspense and mystery. They want the freedom to explore for themselves the content of an object no matter how mysterious it is; novels inclusive. These two instruments, suspense and mystery were widely employed by Gabrielle Lord in the 'Conspiracy 365'.

The novel is filled with captivating and attention grabbing episodes of suspense and just like most mystery novels, 'Conspiracy 365' has its own wealth of violence, surprises and that feeling and usual motivation and urge to read one more page often associated with mystery and conspiracy novels. In a simple parlance the book is unputdownable and it is indeed.

The plot of the novel revolves round Callum, a lad who was confronted by a stranger who told him to go into hiding. According to the stranger, those who killed his father would definitely come after him due to what he called Ormond Singularity. Cal was not convinced and concluded that it might be another ranting from a lunatic. That night he was nearly killed and this eye-opening event led him to a wild goose hunt to decipher the clues his father left behind before he died. As usual with mystery novels we were left with many questions including deciphering the meaning of Ormond Singularity. The identity of those after Cal's life and if Cal could actually get things figured out before his family and friends get hurt.

The novel is a sequel meaning that there will be twelve books over the course of the year each covering one month in the life of Callum as he attempts to solve the mystery of the Ormond Singularity. January and February in the series saw the whole event unfolding and Callum being an object of police hunting for a crime he never committed. By February, he was still not anywhere near solving the mystery of the Ormond Singularity. Would Winter Frey be of any help? You guess is as good as mine until we read March!

A nice sequel indeed but I am particularly miffed that the plot of the novel is almost predictable but then what it lost there, it gained in its ability to keep readers in suspense before getting to that expected conclusion.  Nevertheless, I am predominantly impressed with the ability of the writer to weave almost lively relationship around Callum and his friends especially Boges as well as his relationship with his mother and sister. He showed an absolute love for them and the desire to sacrifice even his own life for them.

This is a good book and a nice attempt on children thriller by Gabrielle Lord, one of Australia's bestselling crime writers for adults and I highly recommend it to young people! 

Cover Photograph Courtesy of Hodder Children's Books.


  1. How could the plot be predictable when there are ten more books to go? Unless a person has read the whole manuscript?

  2. When I say that the plot is predictable, I am saying that in the sense that from the way the writer writes you are certainly very sure to predict exactly what would be the outcome of the ongoing events in the novel. This is a big minus for this novels. However, this problem could be as a result of 'over reading'. Having read in these years many novels with similar plot, it becomes very easy for me to predict the outcome of a novel of a similar structure and a particular plot. This problem is very common with those who read a lot; especially those who read conspiracy novels. Besides, a novel, apart from the main plot of the entire work, also has minor plots. The outcome of these minor plots are what am talking about. However, having read only two of the entire series already, am very much afraid that I have already know what would be the outcome of the entire series. It happened to me during the heat of the Harry Porter series and I was actually among a group of friends who positively predicted how the series would eventually end.

    It is a shame I do not know your name, however I thank you very much for bring this to my awareness and please be aware that it is highly appreciated.

    Thanks again!

  3. You read widely indeed. Have you read Jude Dibia's "Walking With Shadows"?