Title: Shroud of Sorrow
Author: Tommy Donbavand
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013 (originally January 1st, 2013)
Publisher: Broadway Books
Pages: 256 (Paperback & ebook)
Genre: Doctor Who | Time-Travelling | Sci-fi
Series: Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #51
Read: from January 19 to 21, 2014
Source & Shelf: Own | Kobo
ISBN: 9780385346788 (Paperback)
It is the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the faces of the dead are everywhere. PC Reg Cranfield sees his recently deceased father in the mists along Totter’s Lane. Reporter Mae Callon sees her late grandmother in a coffee stain on her desk. FBI Special Agent Warren Skeet finds his long-dead partner staring back at him from raindrops on a window pane. Then the faces begin to talk, and scream… and push through into our world. As the alien Shroud begins to feast on the grief of a world in mourning, can the Doctor dig deep enough into his own sorrow to save mankind?
*Attention: use and abuse of Doctor Who’s gif*
Shroud of Sorrow was a nice and small adventure of Doctor Who featuring the 11th Doctor and Clara.
This book is set during J.F.K. assassination when the entire United States and world is in mourning. The Doctor and Clara soon find themselves surrounded by people who are confronted with their saddest memories courtesy of the Shroud – an alien presence who uses human memories to get inside their body and, eventually, possessing them.
Yah, just another day at the office.
The story was gripping enough to have you on the edge to know what was going on and what would happen next and the characters were plausible enough for you to connect with.
The Doctor had his constant quirky and witty sense of humour while Clara was the same old Impossible Girl we all know from the series – perhaps less outgoing than Jenna Coleman’s flesh and blood role but still Clara.
The descriptions were carefully crafted making it possible for you to visualise the entire action as if you were indeed watching an actual episode of the series.
For me, the highest points were: Doctor’s sad memories and his remembrance of Astrid!
RIGHT IN THE FEELS!!!!
This was a pleasant journey for Doctor Who fans who wish to prolong Matt Smith’s Doctor and continue his adventures – or anyone who isn’t ready yet to say goodbye to him like me.