The Midnight Clock

Jamie Costello

This was compulsive reading! Sixteen-year-old Millie is staying with her father in a flat which used to house an infamous women’s prison. When the former prison clock begins to strike, Millie finds herself back in 1955 witnessing the final few days of a young woman’s life before she is hung for murder.

What follows is an exciting blend of time travel and deepening intrigue as Millie becomes caught up in family dramas to stop young Annie Driscoll being hanged.

I believe that this story will have wide appeal. It is a book for fans of crime fiction, and for those interested in the social history of the 1950’s.  The imaginative time travel works. There are shades of “Tom’s Midnight Garden” as the clock propels Millie between decades, but this is firmly a novel for teens.

As I read, I was concerned about there being a satisfying ending – I needn’t have worried. It is both clever and unexpected. A superb novel.

Published by Atom, 2024 (383 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton