What is the problem in The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd?
The problem in The London Eye Mystery is really two-fold. The first part of the problem is the obvious: Salim vanished from off the enclosed sky-high capsule of the London Eye. He walked into the capsule, courtesy of a free ticket, but at the end of his half hour ride, he never walked back out. Where is Salim and what could have have happened to him from inside an enclosed capsule up in the skies of London?
The second part is a little trickier. While every mystery story has detectives (official or impromptu) to uncover the clues to the mystery and put them together to solve the mystery, not every detective has his own internal problems to solve while solving the mystery. but such is the case in The London Eye Mystery. Ted is Salim's cousin and he and his sister Kat decide to search for clues themselves when the police are unable to solve the mystery of Salim's disappearance. Ted has a cognitive condition called Asperger's syndrome whereby his brain functions differently from other people's. He perceives everything literally, so when someone says something like "Do you want a bite?" it's hard for him to understand that the reference is to getting something to eat instead of biting biting someone or something.
When you put these two things together, an impenetrable disappearance from an improbable place and a detective that sees the world his own special way that is different from how other people see it and who has things that distract and absorb his attention away from the problem at hand, you get a very interesting and complex problem indeed. Can Ted use his unusual cognitive wiring to see and understand things that others can't and thereby find Salim? Can Ted control and focus his cognitive functions enough to apply his understanding to finding Salim? Will Salim be found? And what is behind his strange disappearance in the first place?
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