The Secret of Indigo Moon is the second book in The Dopple Ganger Chronicles. In it we follow the continuing adventures of Sadie and Saskia Dopple and Eric Morrissey Ganger, students and Isambard Dunstan’s School for Wayward Children. Since the events of the last story the three have returned to the school from the home of Muzz Elliot. She is finishing her latest book and needs the privacy. Well, late one night, during a storm Eric hears someone moving about downstairs (he lives in the tower) and goes to investigate (since he’s an explorer and adventurer). He discovers two men removing items from a secret passage under the school.
The next day he tells everything he saw to the Dopple sisters. After some discussion they decide the need to investigate, but not before they are interviewed for a local paper about their adventures in the last book by the mysterious Dorcus Potts. She excuses her self suddenly and then, instead of returning to the paper as she said she goes into a neighboring house on the street. And so the mystery begins. There are many twists and turns in the story and there is even an old enemy back to threaten them again.
As before the book is produced in a very distinct style, part novel, part graphic novel, and part something else entirely. And as before it is a style that I find very appealing. The break up of text with graphically distinct pages, oversized, stylized text and comic book style pages keeps everything fresh and interesting. Some of the plot elements seem a bit reused from the last book, at least at first, but they did move the spiritual side of the book along more so than the main plot of the book. There are again the light hints at Christian theology (I wouldn’t mind a bit more direct references) which while building the worldview for the book, don’t make it so off putting to those who do not share that worldview.
All in all a successful second book in the series from an author I have read before and enjoyed in other styles (traditional novels). From what I’ve read the third book is due out soon so I hope to read that one soon.
I am supposed to mention that I received the book free of charge from Tyndale publishers for the purpose of this review. The opinions are mine and they are in no way colored by receiving the book at no cost.