I had this book on my list " to read soon" for quite a long time. One of my previously reluctant readers saw the book on this site, beat me to reading it, and read it in a few days. He was blown away by it. To see him enthusiastically telling me the plot, gushing about the characters, proved I was on the right lines with this website!
Set in Victorians times, it describes vividly what it was like for the least fortunate members of society.
"Wild Boy has been covered in hair since birth; he's the missing link, a monster, a sideshow spectacle. Condemned to life in a travelling freakshow, excluded from society and abused by his master, he takes refuge in watching people come and go at the fair - and develops a Sherlock Holmes style talent for observation and detection. But when there's a murder, suspicion turns on Wild Boy, and he and the feisty redhaired acrobat Clarissa Everett find themselves on the run from a London-wide manhunt. Together, the detective and the acrobat must solve clues to identify the real killer."