Hi guys, and welcome to another book review! Today, I’m going to be reviewing The Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling. This was a very disappointing read. I didn’t really like the characters, the plot was kind of all over the place, and I was surprised by the paranormal elements that were in the story.
Book: The Diamond Thief
Author: Sharon Gosling
Summary: No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Rémy Brunel. But Rémy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.
Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?
*Um, nothing? I can’t think of anything, no matter how microscopic, that I liked about this book.
*Rémy Brunel. We’ll start off with the Queen of this disaster. Rémy is a trapeze artist who works for a circus troupe, while also stealing valuable gems and diamonds wherever she goes for her manager. She is apparently very gifted, and she’s never been caught, nor has she ever been wrong. We are told that she is VERY gifted, but I really doubt that.
*Thaddeus Rec. Now for the King. Thaddeus is a young detective who is trying to prove to his fellow Scotland Yard colleagues that he is just as good as them, even with his criminal parents and childhood. Oh, he’s also very very very naive, and so inexperienced, I was ahead of him in solving this “mystery” the entire book.
*Instalove. Guys. These two lovebirds have literally known each other for TWO days, and they have decided that they can’t live without each other because their love is so strong. And it’s supposed to be enemies-to-lovers kind of thing, but I was rolling my eyes so hard, because as soon as they were introduced, Thaddeus fell head over heels (duh) for cold and uncaring Rémy (double duh) and was stupid enough to just trust her, and believe she is worthy of no wrongdoing. And when she does confess, oh, our poor knight is horribly wounded and shocked*
*Plot. Let’s talk about the plot. This probably should have been a rather simple, but still fun and a bit twisty story about a chase for one of the most important diamonds in Rémy’s time. Right from the get go, I was very skeptical of Thaddeus’s detective skills, and Rémy’s superb abilities at stealing. And the fact that she fell for Lord Abernathy’s trick made me roll my eyes. And then Thaddeus, who had recognized Rémy from the circus (she has different colored eyes), goes there to talk to her manager, and the guy gives him a fake name, and what does Thaddeus do? He believes it wholeheartedly, because such a beauty and such a captivating woman can’t possibly be guilty of such a crime. And then the chase and the whole mine or whatever that is under the city etc, and the cruel bad guy who wants to take over the world-I just could not believe any of it. It wasn’t realistic to me, and I couldn’t say okay, it might have been possible. Oh, and the traitor/plot twist? I guessed who they were as soon as they were introduced.
*Detective skills. Thaddeus and Rémy positively suck at being detectives. They just can’t do it. Everything is explained to them, and given to them with a huge red bow, and they don’t do any detecting. They just happen to be in the right place at the right time, or they just have this character who knows everything they need to know/can guide them to wherever they need to go.
*Paranormal. Where did this come from??? Somebody please tell me? Some things were just left as magic, or some sort of magical energy from some diamond is the reason why xyz happened. There was no proper explanation, just magic. And I’m supposed to believe that? Also, the whole talk of curses was just completely not my thing. I was really upset about that because there is no mention of such a thing in the summary of the book.
*Dialogue. Guess what? I didn’t like it.
*Unanswered questions. There were many things that weren’t properly or completely explained, such as how J knows Thaddeus (and why is he called J??), or what happened at the circus after Rémy left, or what happened to Thaddeus’s family and what is his story (we are told his parents were criminals? and then nothing more). Also, is Thaddeus French? Because his name doesn’t sound English? And how inept can Scotland Yard be??? Like really??? There were other questions I had, I just don’t remember them right now.
*The Ending. I don’t really remember what happened, but in my notes, I mentioned that I really did not like it. And the few parts that I am remembering, they were cringey and made me roll my eyes.
*P.S. Yes, I know, I like this trope sometimes, the enemies-to-lovers, or the cold uncaring guy and annoyed caring girl, and then they become friends and yada yada yada, but it didn’t work here at all. AT ALL. The only reason these two were in love was because they were in the same book. That’s my only explanation for it.
In the end, I really didn’t like this, I will not recommend it, but I hope you enjoy it, if you do read it. The characters were flat, the plot was unbelievable, and there were many unanswered questions. The use of magic, and curses, and nothing that is logical to explain certain things was annoying, and I was not here for it. However, here are two much nicer reviews that could help you decide whether to read this or not. (Review #1, and Review #2)
One sentence summary: A very disappointing story with flat and annoying characters.
Overall, 1 really disappointed and angry star.
Have you read The Diamond Thief? What did you think? Am I the only one who is frustrated by books that use magic to explain things rather than actual logic + a bit of magic? What are you currently reading? Let’s chat in the comments below!