In her book The Darwin Code J.D. Welch uses her love of science and puzzles to help her characters try to solve two mysteries whilst also delivering an interesting and understandable insight into human genetics. Set against a backdrop of the streets and colleges of Oxford, a story of intrigue and suspense unfolds. When young Ben Baxter and his mother Sue escape from a horrific ordeal, their lives remain in danger as they race to prevent a deadly poison being launched. For Ben, this also brings the opportunity to discover the answer to a very important question; who is his father?
Born and raised in Stockport, Jo has always loved reading, puzzles and music. After graduating in Chemistry from Oxford she was employed in various marketing management roles, but after having children, has focused on raising her family, caring for her parents and writing.
Spicy, sweet and Christmassy
The Einstein Code left me wondering what was going to happen to Ben and Jess and now after reading the second book of this trilogy lots has happened but I’m still in a state of suspense! The great strength of J D Welch, in my opinion, is that she cleverly takes the story from one exciting incident to another while leaving a big question in the air.
I loved the excitement and I am certain it is pitched just right for its main audience – young people. I tried to impress a young person after reading this book by saying I would write him a message in digraphs code. “Make it hard because we did them in primary school” he replied! But he did like the joke from the book about the stiffs.
“As he stepped forwards Ben got a whiff of a familiar fragrance: spicy, sweet and Christmassy. He stepped closer to the vendor to check. He looked at Ben, and .........” This, to me, is one of the many turning points in the story that is worded so well.
The storyline I presume will evolve into its finale in the final chronicle.
How long do I have to wait to read The Quantum Code?