Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge is about Penelope Tredwell, the owner of the Penny Dreadful magazine.
Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge is about Penelope Tredwell, the owner of the Penny Dreadful magazine. She has taken to writing stories of terror under the name Montgomery Flinch and has an actor to bring him to life. Her stories have captivated all of London and every day Penelope gets more fan letters for Montgomery Flinch asking him to look into paranormal happenings. She ignores most of the letters though. But, one day Penelope receives a letter from the Bedlam mental hospital asking Montgomery Flinch to investigate the strange happenings that had been happening there for quite some time. Penelope and the actor playing Montgomery Flinch go and talk to the doctor there. They find out that every night at exactly twelve minutes to midnight, every person imprisoned at Bedlam gets up and begins to write, in a trance, non-stop for almost an hour, But, the writings are no ordinary stories, they are random words all written down on the walls beds and anything else that is nearby during the writing trance but the patients don’t seem to know what they are doing when they are doing it. They call their writings the midnight papers. Penelope’s job is to find out what is happening and why.
This book is full of mystery and confusion. It is, however, very poorly written and it is hard to tell what is happening at most parts. Towards the end it begins to go off topic. The mystery is solved somewhere in the middle of the book but the story just keeps on going with unneeded information and the book could have ended about 90 pages earlier than it did. The age group that would be most interested in this book is undecided because it would be too scary and too much to comprehend with for younger kids but too childish for older kids. I would not recommend this novel to people who are looking for an actual storyline and definitely not to people in interested in a book with the proper plot outline.