The Tiger in the Well (Sally Lockhart Series #3)

The Tiger in the Well (Sally Lockhart Series #3)

by Philip Pullman


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UNLIKE MOST VICTORIAN women, Sally is completely independent, with her own successful business and a comfortable home for her young daughter, Harriet. But Sally’s whole world is about to collapse. A stranger emerges, claiming to be both her husband and Harriet’s father and threatening all that she has.

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ISBN-13: 9780375845178
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Series: Sally Lockhart Series , #3
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 182,685
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.  
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess; The White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge.
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit and Or follow him on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.


Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

October 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Norwich, England


Exeter College, Oxford University

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The Tiger in the Well: Sally Lockhart Mystery Series, Book 3 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i've read in forever. This was such a great book that i couldn't put it down. The surpising twists and turns in this book makes it very enjoyable and intersting to try and figure out what would happen next. It was tricky, cleverly written, and yet exciting. When I finally finished i wondered what would happen next. So i am asking this question: Will Mr. Pullman ever write another book to go with this trilogy? Because it seems like it could go on even more. Thanks Philip Pullman for this great nail biting Trilogy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read Count Karlstein by Pullman. Then I read the Lyra Silvertongue trilogy. I could not give you a better book. So then after reading the Amber Spyglass and finding it incredible, I read the Sally Lockhart trilogy. EVEN MORE IMPRESSED! Pullman is Brilliant! All of the books of his i read made me discover someting that i can't put in words. It's like someone spoke to me it's and i don't know how to exactly interpret what they are saying. After i read his books i knew why reading is magical.....I've read a lot of books but never a book as remerkable as this. Thanks Phillip Pullman!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a brilliant book. Although I think some bits would not be understood easily by kids. I read it along with some friends for my friend who works for the BBC. The only problem was taking my eyes of the pages!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actully read the sally lockhart trilogy backwards. But this is defintly the very best book within the sally lockhart trilogy. The surpising twists and turns in this book makes it very enjoyable and intersting to try and figure out. Read this great book and find out for yourself just how outstanding it is!! (make sure you read them in order so you know what is going on!!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was tricky, cleverly written, descriptive and exciting. The story plot was dramatic and interesting .You will love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book has a fantastic complex plot, i really enjoyed it!!!
tamora on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a very good description of what it was like to live in London in 1880. It would have many uses by high school teachers. It would have been improved by some editing; too wordy.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(spoilers)OK, after Pullman's previous volumes, I spent most of this novel hardening my heart against Harriet. Twice her favourite person has been killed, so I was sure her daughter was going to get it this time. And it wasn't that hard to dislike her, this is the first time I felt Anton failed me - his baby talk sounded like a robot.Sally's long time lawyer and friend has conveniently died, and her house mates are uncontactable in South America, so no one can vouch for her when a mysterious enemy comes and usurps her life. Of course, Jim arrives back in the nick of time to be a bit of a hero.I guessed the identify of the new villain in the first chapter, and I found it frustrating what Sally never seemed t consider the possibility until the end.I did like Sally's social conscience, she's all grown up and wants to make the world a better place. Sometimes the social lessons overwhelmed the story, but if I can put up with it in Wilkie Collins, I can put up with it here.And her fears about being a bad mother were nicely done, the scene where she played with the little beaten boy was tear-jerking.So - this mystery was darker, a bit message-y, and very predictable, but still entertaining, and I'll be back for the fourth.
hannah.aviva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, this wrapped up the Sally Lockhart trilogy nicely. Sally was consistently strong-willed throughout all three. I really liked that Pullman finally showed her more vulnerable and emotional than ever before. I missed Jim throughout most of the book just as Sally missed him.I was also glad to learn a bit about the pogroms in Russia. I didn't know about this part of Jewish/Russian history. After reading this book, and Spook Country not too long ago, I'm thinking maybe I should read a book on Russian history.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good finish to the series. Could have used a bit of editing though.
extrajoker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
first line: "One sunny morning in the autumn of 1881, Sally Lockhart stood in the garden and watched her little daughter play, and thought that things were good."Third in the Sally Lockhart series, The Tiger in the Well has stronger socio-political themes than its predecessors. There are issues of discrimination (anti-Semitism) and social reform. Also, Sally herself suffers backlash from the Victorian society whose constraints and mores she has consistently flouted.This is a powerful conclusion to the story of Sally Lockhart.Note: there is a fourth book, The Tin Princess, which deals with other characters from the series.
lweddle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the longest and most intricate of the books. There are several things going on: Sally's persecution by a mysterious man, persecution of Jews emigrating from Russia and other eastern European countries into England, and the struggle of Socialists in Victorian England. These three books create a path of knowledge for Sally Lockhart. In the first, she is forced to fight for herself. In the second, she learns independence (both economic and personal.) She also becomes aware that evil is not just violence, but the greed and power that is behind it. This third book defines that evil. It is given a face through the words of the Socialist hero who helps Sally. She finally becomes aware of her own part in this evil. By understanding this, she can make the changes in her own life and the life of her friends and clients to fight it.There is plenty of adventure, as well as politics, to keep the reader engaged. The mystery is easily solved by anyone who has read the first two books long before Sally figures it out. That was the only disappointment to me. Otherwise I think it's a great book. I highly recommend reading these.
Lman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the vein of a pure `penny-dreadful¿ itself, The Tiger in the Well is a grand mystery that entertained me from the very first page to the last ¿ with one of the best end-lines ever uttered. As with the previous story, this one follows on after a lapse of a few years; but Sally Lockhart¿s now prosperous and comfortable life is upended within the first pages, and continues so, at break-neck speed. With perfect timing, when Jim Taylor and Webster Garland are away photographing in South America, leaving Sally at home with only her daughter, Harriet, and their loyal staff, a court summons is served, endangering everything Sally holds dear in her life. A Mr Parrish, claiming to be both Sally¿s husband and Harriet¿s father, with indisputable written evidence of both, and with the law strongly behind him, threatens Sally¿s independence, wealth and, more importantly, custody of her child. And, as with the previous stories, Sally does the unexpected; despite her sense of complete bewilderment and moments of mental fragility, she fights back. Philip Pullman¿s social commentary of Victorian England becomes even more Dickensian in this third novel. Against a backdrop of inflamed emotions, between the working poor of London and the influx of desperate refugees from Europe, Pullman creates another dark and disturbing tale, in particular, around the difficulties a single, independent, unmarried mother would encounter. And, as always, the book is filled with rich and compelling characters that charm, and menace, and succeed against all odds. This is, indeed, an indictment of the history of this period ¿ an interpretation of the mores of the time, which allowed the exploitation of the weak by the greedy and the brutal, due to the indifference, and blinding disinterest, of the rest of the populace. It is also a fast-paced, engrossing, captivating, and interesting read - and notwithstanding my absolute belief in our heroine to triumph from the very beginning, I happily followed along, engaged to the very end.
Ardwick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Engaging mystery involving Sally Lockhart who finds herself threatened with divorce proceedings to a man she never married and the abduction of her daughter. She finds allies in a Hungarian Jewish reporter who is investigating the same man. Sally goes undercover to find the person behind all this is an old enemy.
riverwillow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I may be an adult but at times reading this I was scared as to the possible outcome for Sally and Harriet, which makes this an amazing read. This is a very dark tale, with lots of social commentary, which works within the plot and adds lots of historical colour. Highly recommended.
Spottyblanket on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the Last book of the Sally Lockhart Tales, which most curiously, I started FIRST. This may make little sense, but I started this book having no idea (at first) that this was the very last one. I quickly ordered in the others, feeling rather foolish at my mistake. However, I found my fingers fumbling through the pages of 'Tiger' at alarming speed. This was indeed an adventure of heart-thumping suspense,that HAD to be read despite fears of strong spoilers.Sally is a strong female, successful, sassy, with financial independence, friends and family (oh, pardon me, this story takes place in 19th century England) whose luck in life takes a sudden horrible plunge when a stranger makes painfully elaborate plans to steal Sally Lockhart's daughter away from her. I would dub this as a 'modern day Dickens' novel, if the term didn't sound so hammy. But this best describes the writing style of the book. The characters are seeping with social conscience, heart and emotions that tumble out effortlessly. Pullman provides excellent descriptions of life in Victorian England, making the world the characters inhabit fresh and real.Sally's struggle is heartbreaking and we, as readers, can recognise her fears all too well. I imagine the weight of Sally's loss (of her money, life, friends, family) would be more strongly felt if I had read her previous adventures--however, the narrative does a good job at not making the reader feel isolated. This can be pretty much a standalone tale. It is aimed at a mature audience, and while it tears horribly at the heartstrings and shows a darker side of 19th century London--the writing is never distasteful or shocking. Lesser known than 'His Dark Materials' but just as blindingly brilliant.
atreic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started reading this thinking 'oh, _more_ Sally Lockheart, and such a fat one too, how dull! But I really want to finish the series'. I ended thinking 'wow, the series has really found its stride finally'. Sally is much less of a Mary Sue, and is forced to confront the consequences of her actions - of having a daughter mostly raised by her nurse, of speculating on the stock exchange while workers live in squalour, of her attack on Ah Ling many years before. There are interesting foreshadowings of Northern Lights in the evil Monkey.I don't think, however, that Sally's impassioned speach about 'evil doesn't look like a big fat disabled man' makes up for the book's amazing ability to make disabilities repulsive and petrifying.It's nice to get a strong social red message in a book for young adults though. The plot is really dark and evil. The way the trap has been spun around Sally for years, and all Lee has planned for Harriet is deeply nasty.The ending is too deus ex machina for my liking, although it has a lot of style.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just recently finished this novel,by Philip Pullman. In the beginning, the new characters that were thrown at you had me confused a little bit for about the first maybe 30 pages. Towards the pre-middle, the middle, and the end, i really began to interpret and understand what was going on. There were a few brilliant twist that took place, i just couldnt stop reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book i became so sad because of the fact that there wasn't another that i could pick up. The twists and turns in this complex plot kept me on the edge of my seat throughtout the entire story.i feel like going to Mr.Pullman and begging for another!