Richard Mayhew lives a normal, boring life in London. He's got a good job and is engaged. When walking to a dinner with his fiancee, he finds a woman laying on the sidewalk covered in blood. Richard takes this woman back to his apartment because she refuses treatment. Suddenly, Richard's world starts to change. A rat delivers a message to this woman, who is named Door, in his apartment and when she finally leaves, Richard becomes essentially invisible. He can't hail a taxi, the subway won't take his change, and his office is empty at his job.
Richard goes on a hunt to find Door and figure out what has happened to him, which leads him into the world of London Below. All the people that live in London Below are people that have fallen through the cracks. Richard finds Door but she's on the run from two contract killers trying to finish her off, after her family was murdered. Richard wants to determine how to get back to his regular life and Door wants to avenge her family's death.
This novel was very creative. There were small fantasy elements but for the most part it was just like reading about another world that could be. I was a bit confused when I first started reading it but I quickly got in to it and really enjoyed the book.
First Line: "The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself."