What Abigail Did That Summer

Rivers of London

Ben Aaronovitch

fiction fantasy young adult

208 pages | first published 2021

Ghost hunter, fox whisperer, troublemaker.

It is the summer of 2013 and Abigail Kamara has been left to her own devices. This might, by those who know her, be considered a mistake.

While her cousin, police constable and apprentice wizard Peter Grant, is off in the sticks chasing unicorns, Abigail is chasing her own mystery. Teenagers around Hampstead Heath have been going missing but before the police can get fully engaged, the teens return home - unharmed but vague about where they've been.

Aided only by her new friend Simon, her knowledge that magic is real, and a posse of talking foxes that think they're spies, Abigail must venture into the wilds of Hampstead to discover who is luring the teenagers and more importantly - why?

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adventurous 84%
funny 64%
mysterious 52%
lighthearted 36%
dark 20%
tense 12%
emotional 8%
hopeful 8%
sad 8%
inspiring 4%
relaxing 4%


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