Note: This is a spoiler free review!
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.
A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
I discovered this book after reading a list of books being made into movies. I’m not sure if I’d paid attention to it otherwise, at least I wouldn’t have known about it as quick as I did. The blurb lured me in and I found the title and book cover very unusual. It definitely caught my interest.
The writing is to a high standard and one of my favourite things about the book. Characters thoughts, surroundings are weaved in very well. I read it with such ease.
The plot, in theory, is excellent. I liked it, but…I found it a little anti-climatic in parts. We’d be introduced to something mysterious exciting, only for it to have no time to build that tension because it’d be revealed immediately. It took away from the impact of the story.
I did love that it took a different direction than I was expecting and I’m excited to follow that into the next book.
The characters, while strong and written well, disappoint me a little. I was looking forward to a vast array of interesting and complex characters. I don’t feel I got that. They all just seemed very ordinary.
It feels like a book setting up for future books.
I think the combination of the blurb, book cover, title and a brilliant beginning, set me up too high. I was expecting something else which I did not get. Plot points were not squeezed to their maximum usage and it took too long to get to the main action.
I’d also had the impression this was going to lean more to horror, but I’d disagree and would say it’s more dark fantasy.
Still, I thought the writing was excellent and I enjoyed it enough that I’ll be reading the next one.
Was it worth the read? Yes
Would I re-read? No
Would I read this Author again? Yes
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