Review: Doctor Who: Summer Falls


Title: Summer Falls
Author: Amelia Williams (AKA James Goss)
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: BBC Books
Source: Purchased
Release Date: April 4, 2013
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

“When summer falls, the Lord of Winter will arise…”

In the seaside village of Watchcombe, young Kate is determined to make the most of her last week of summer holiday. But when she discovers a mysterious painting entitled ‘The Lord of Winter’ in a charity shop, it leads her on an adventure she never could have planned. Kate soon realises the old seacape, painted long ago by an eccentric local artist, is actually a puzzle. And with the help of some bizarre new acquaintances – including a museum curator’s magical cat, a miserable neighbour, and a lonely boy – she plans on solving it.

And then, one morning Kate wakes up to a world changed forever. For the Lord of Winter is coming – and Kate has a very important decision to make.


I loved this book. This book was in an episode of Doctor Who, and was written by one of the characters. As soon as I saw that it was a real book, I had to read it! This makes it a different kind of Doctor Who story because it isn’t about an adventure he had with characters from the show. It is a story about a girl who had contact with some strange things when an unusual man (aka the Doctor) came to town.

This book captures the essence of Doctor Who. It is creepy but funny. It would be a good story for middle grade readers, and adults too because even I found some parts creepy and entertaining. Doctor Who is a great show for kids and adults, just like this book. Yet, you don’t have to be familiar with Doctor Who to enjoy the story. He is there, but he isn’t the focus, and he isn’t even explicitly named.

There were a bunch of funny lines in this story. I loved when the talking cat told Kate to stop interrupting her bath, because every time she stops, she must start the bath from the beginning. That would explain why cats have such long baths!

This story was suspenseful and unpredictable. I had no idea what was going to happen, and I loved it!

Have you read this book? What did you think?


Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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