Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

by Ransom Riggs

Hardcover, 2011

Status

Available

Publication

Quirk Books (2011), Edition: 1st, 352 pages

Description

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

Media reviews

Boken är knappast ett stilistiskt mästerverk. Dialogerna krystas stundom fram och vissa figurer är lika blodfattiga som de spöken som förföljer dem. Det som gör verket unikt är bilderna
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The author’s ability to use the photos to play with the reader’s imagination, while still holding the tension of the plot, is extraordinary. This kind of device can feel like a self-conscious reminder of the authorial hand, but this is not the case in Miss Peregrine’s Home.
In Miss Peregrine’s, a teenager decides to investigate the stories his grandfather told him about an island off the coast of Wales. He finds more than he bargained for, of course, and there are adventures, involving a group of kids with remarkable abilities which are almost, but not quite, entirely similar to mutants from X-Men comics. For a story constructed to make use of a collection of vintage snapshots, it’s impressively cohesive, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with yet another recounting of the hero’s journey from callow youth to manhood. But the book never lives up to its own aesthetic, and the story refuses to get past surface level on the occasional odd idea or intriguing concept. Whatever its faults, Miss Peregrine’s only true sin is that, presentation aside, it isn’t really that peculiar.
Entertainment Weekly
Those Creepy Pictures Explained The idea for Miss Peregrine's Home popped into Ransom Riggs' head when he ran across some sinister-looking vintage photos, which ''suggest stories even though you don't know who the people are or exactly when they were taken.'' As he began writing, he kept searching for images, even combing swap meets and flea markets. ''I was developing the story as I was finding the photos. I'd find a particularly evocative photo and I'd say, 'I need to work this in somehow.' '' Most are reproduced in the novel ''as is,'' but a few have been digitally altered. Riggs says he ended up with more photos than he could use: ''I have a nice big fat backlog for the second book.'' — Keith Staskiewicz
With its X-Men: First Class-meets-time-travel story line, David Lynchian imagery, and rich, eerie detail, it's no wonder Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been snapped up by Twentieth Century Fox. This is a novel with ''movie adaptation'' written into its powerful DNA. B+

User reviews

LibraryThing member lkernagh
Okay, how can anyone resist at least glancing at a book with such a Gothic title and the intriguing cover photo of a levitating girl in period piece dress? Not me, that is for sure!

the YA narrator of this story is 16 year old Jacob. Like most kids, Jacob was fascinated by the strange, outlandish tales his grandfather would tell Jacob of his time spent at a home on an island off the coast of Wales during the second World War. A home filled with, according to the tales Jacob's grandfather told, peculiar children with unique abilities. As a teenager, Jacob grows to question his grandfather's tall tales as myths and lies until the day of his grandfather's unexpected death, leaving Jacob facing nightmares and countless sessions with a therapist. When Jacob discovers a mysterious letter, he decides to journey to Wales to visit the place where his grandfather grew up.

This story drew me in with the prologue and I settled in expecting a haunting, Gothic ride of creepiness and, well, peculiarity. The first couple of chapters, after the prologue, left me a little disappointed and wondering where the story I was expecting had disappeared to. I was starting to feel that a bait and switch had occurred and I wasn't overly amused at that prospect, but the odd sniff of a creepy Gothic mystery would peek out at me from time to time, along with the intriguing Victorian-like photos of unusual portraits that cropped up from time to time, so I continued reading. I am so glad I did. Yes, the story did grow into something fascinating and did finally became a page-turning adventure for me. Not quite the Gothic horror I was expecting but still enough creepiness - and monsters, lets not forget monsters! - to make this a fun, October/Halloween read for anyone that like to ramp up their creepy, suspense reading during that time of year.

Overall, a good alternate reality adventure with a bit of Gothic creepiness, Victorian weirdness (courtesy of the photos scattered throughout the book) packed in a time travel ride I think both YA and adults will enjoy. The ending left off with the potential for a sequel so, one can always hope that there is a book #2 in the works under Riggs' pen.
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LibraryThing member auntmarge64
What a treat this book is! Part suspense, part fantasy, and beguilingly unique.

A teenage boy (Jacob) finds his grandfather dying - the grandfather who used to tell fantastic stories of his childhood at a strange island orphanage in Wales and illustrate his tales with photos of odd-looking children and descriptions of monsters. The grandfather pleads with him to go to the island, where he'll be safe, whispers some enigmatic phrases and then "I should've told you a long time ago", and dies, and as Jacob copes with his grief, he determines to travel to the island and search out the truth. What he finds will forever change his life.

Magical, thrilling, and lovingly illustrated with the photos and letters described in the story. This is one of those books that will appeal to adults and older kids equally, and I'm going to pass it on to my 11- and 20-year old nieces and see what they think.
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LibraryThing member arielfl
This seems to be a very polarizing book. People seem to either love it or hate it. Sadly I was on the disappointed side. I won't rehash the plot, there was so little and it seems to be completely raked over in other reviews. The main problem for me was that the pictures were the focus and the story was an after thought. There are places where the author is really reaching to connect the pictures to the story. A secondary problem was that the main character was making out with a girl who made out with his grandfather. Too weird for me. I thought the creepy pictures would facilitate a great story but something got lost in the execution of the book. I didn't connect enough to the characters in the book to want to pursue a sequel. I think it will be enough to leaf through the pictures. By the way, I read this for the R.I.P. challenge currently being held over at Stainless Steel Droppings. You should swing by and check out some of the other reviews as this seems to be a popular challenge choice.… (more)
LibraryThing member janeajones
I read this book because I saw an article in the local paper about the author visiting a Sarasota school from which he had graduated -- as it happened he had graduated from the school the same year my son did, and they had been classmates though not close friends. I was intrigued.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a YA gothic fantasy novel that begins in Englewood, Florida, where Jacob Portman's grandfather Abraham is killed by what the police determine must be a wild animal. But sixteen-year old Jacob was present at the attack and remembers seeing something else that he cannot describe. He hears his grandfather's dying words: "Go the island, Yacob. Here it is not safe.... Find the bird. In the loop. On the other side of the old man's grave. September third, 1940."

Thus begins Jacob's quest for the Welsh island where his orphaned grandfather was raised before WWII. It takes most of the rest of the novel for Jacob to decipher his grandfather's cryptic message and discover the mystery of the "peculiar children." While some of the plotting is predictable and some of writing reflects the efforts of a first novel, an intriguing and original aspect of the book is the incorporation of vintage "found" photos of both "freaks" and ordinary people to illustrate the book.… (more)
LibraryThing member phoebesmum
Another much-hyped but disappointing title. I was rather left feeling that the author is unfamiliar with the fantasy genre and is under the touching impression that he’s created something new and terribly clever. Poor dear. No.

A nondescript American teenager persuades his father to let him visit a remote Welsh island to track down his grandfather’s fantastic stories of children with remarkable features and abilities and the monsters who hunt them, and finds those children still alive, protected by a loop in time that resets itself every day, on a certain date in WWII. So far, so commonplace. The McGuffin here is the inclusion of a selection of weird and creepy found photographs, which are supposed to illustrate the text. Sometimes they do; sometimes they get in the way. Sometimes the text appears to have been manipulated by the author specifically to include a particular photograph, and sometimes the photos don’t seem to fit at all. Still, full marks for effort there.

Less than full marks, I’m afraid, for research: the dialogue is full of Americanisms (we don’t wear ‘slickers’, just for a kick-off), and, even where the author has tried to get it right he sometimes gets it wrong. He knows, for example, that the British nowadays use the metric system – officially, that is, I don’t know anyone who actually does. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know that it wasn’t current in the Second World War, and I’m afraid I laughed immoderately when his WWII era children talked about ‘metres’.
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LibraryThing member Whisper1
Highly creative and original, this was indeed a very interesting book. Shiny bright in some chapters, but lacking in patina in the later pages, much has been said about this book. There are some very positive comments, and then others could not abide the tale. I'm smack in the middle of feeling luke warm.

For most of his life, Jacob has listened to graphic tales spoken by his grandfather. Attributing the conversations to dementia, Jacob listened with interest, then boredom. When his grandfather is killed by a strange creature, Jacob begins a quest to get to the bottom of his grandfather's references.

Journeying with his father to a secluded island in Wales, Jacob finds strange children who are particularly abnormal. Among those in the care of Miss Peregrine is a girl who can float, another who has a mouth in front and in back of her face, a young man who can lift incredibly large boulders, a boy who is invisible and a charming girl who flicks fire at the end of her fingers.

Realizing that these are those mentioned by his grandfather, Jacob is able to transport into a time warp -- a loop where the date is always the same and time is frozen in place.

Augmented by various photos of the peculiars throughout the book, done in sepia duotone, the tale becomes more eerie and surreal.

Realizing that his grandfather was a peculiar and he is as well, Jacob must make a decision to stay or return home with his father.

The first chapters were wonderfully creative, but the later part of the book spun out of control and chase scenes, boogiemen and gore prevailed.

Guardedly recommended.
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LibraryThing member Cailin
I loved the old pictures and enjoyed the story but somehow thought it could be better. I felt some of the characters were underdeveloped. I enjoyed the book but it kind fo fell flat for me.
LibraryThing member ken1952
A fine fantasy novel, accompanied by eerie photographs, about a teen traumatized by his grandfather's death. His desire to learn the truth about his grandfather's life leads him to an island off Wales where he learns the secrets, wonders and dangers of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Looking forward to the next installment.… (more)
LibraryThing member Kelly_Mills
Based on all the hype I thought I would love this book. It wasn't bad by any means, but I didn't find it to be anything special either. I actually liked the concept of the book more than the story. The author wrote a plot around some antique photos, which is a unique approach. However I found that I didn't particularly like any of the characters and although the book ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, I'm not inspired to read the sequel to find out what happens. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I'm unable ro recommend this book.… (more)
LibraryThing member Fourpawz2
This is kind of a YA Fantasy Time Travel story concerning a boy who has a grandfather who dies suddenly and horribly. The grandson goes off the deep end and is a mess for about a year, needing to go into psychoanalysis. He and his father travel to a little Welsh island where Gramps spent some time as a boy after he escaped from the Nazis during WWII. The boy finds that the house isn't there anymore having been destroyed during a German air raid - or was it??? Enter the Time Travel element to this story. I liked this book quite well. The story was supplemented by a lot of photographs - many of them of real people - that Riggs has decided to designate as the portraits of a number of his characters - mostly of the 'peculiar children' referenced in the title. For some reason I found the photographs especially creepy. Though I am not a YA fan, I liked this book.… (more)
LibraryThing member miss_read
I didn't realise there was so much hype about this book - either the hype hasn't reached the UK, or I'm painfully out of touch with what's hot in YA literature (which is entirely possible). And I don't get it. Neither the hype nor the book really. It's not all that well written, the development of relationships between the characters isn't that well drawn and bits of plot seem to jump out of nowhere with no background or explanation - as if the author suddenly thought, "Hey, wouldn't it be cool if I added some [fill in the blank] here?!" and got carried away. All in all, readable but not recommended.… (more)
LibraryThing member WordMaven
I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that the story wasn't darker than it was. The first 1/3 really pulled me in with its atmospheric vibe and mysterious setup.

But as things progressed, I was let down.

I love a haunted house/ghost story but just a little different from this one. I think I would've enjoyed it more if I'd read it straight through in a few days. As it was, I put it aside while I read a memoir and when I went back to it, I was a little chilly on it.

Great creepy photos, though. I'm glad I read it. For those who love it, the door is open for a follow-up novel.
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LibraryThing member willowsmom
It took me forever to finish this book, I admit it. I got a little over half way through, thought 'Oh, boring, I know where this is going' and walked away...for three months. And then I picked it back up and WHAM! totally surprised by the conclusion. So, there you go--don't give up when the book loses steam 1/2 way thru like I did! (Actually, I loved the premise, the art, the setting, and the concept of this book. The pictures! The storyline built around them! It was fascinating.) The 'crazy things happen to orphans' bit is a little cliche for me, but I get it as a device...after all, who but orphans can be easily subjected to voodoo hoodoo, scientific experimentation, and caught in time loops indefinitely. Poor orphans.… (more)
LibraryThing member knitwit2
A fun fantasy read. It seemed like the type of thing that might appeal to middle school kids. I'm surprised it is being marketed to adults. With that said I liked it.
LibraryThing member sobieckj
I'm completely baffled by how many people loved this book. If ever there was a case for more style than substance, this is it.

I'm not a "hater" or naysayer, really. I love experimental literature and writers who take risks (Barth, Eggers, Egan, et al), I love Y.A. lit too, and have loved what I've read by John Green. So I was psyched about this book, truly. But 15-year-old boys don't talk or think like Jacob.

In fact, I can't say I even "get" how Jacob thinks because I don't feel he, or any of the characters, were fully realized. Yet I was willing to forgive the inauthentic-feeling characters. I thought the idea of using kooky old photos was clever, and I've liked books for less, stylistically speaking. But many of the photos and how they were "fit" into the story felt forced.

There were times when I actually found the whole thing tedious to read. I think it is based on a clever idea, but one without much thought beyond that initial scheme. The fact that so many people loved it has me questioning my own reaction to it. But every time I revisit "the story," style, characters, I'm left scratching my head at the hoopla. Still, maybe it's me.
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LibraryThing member aralis11
I recieved this book several months ago in the Early Reviewer's Giveaway but only just got around to reading it. I have to say that it was certainly an interesting book-especially with the combination of the found photographs illustrating the story, but I still feel that it fell flat a bit. Maybe because it ends abruptly as the author clearly has a series in mind.… (more)
LibraryThing member VincentDarlage
Intriguing premise, a novel idea to mix story with photos so well, but the characters were all cardboard. And the person who turned out to be the villain was predictable (and the same basic idea from Fright Night II). The story is set up to have sequels, but now that the trick is done, and the mystery of the photos solved, the characters aren't interesting enough to me to bother reading the sequel. I don't see how it could be anything more than an adventure story.

This novel was a clever (and impressive) trick, but I am not sure how the author can expect to pull it off again.
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LibraryThing member ChrisRiesbeck
The first half of this first novel and first in YA series is outstanding. The unsettling photographs set a mood unlike any other modern YA novel I've read. The viewpoint character is perhaps a bit wise for his years, but tells a clear tale that traces the lineage of dysfunction in his family that began, somehow, with the reality or fantasy behind those photographs. The second half -- well, the mysteries are resolved, and what was disturbing becomes just different. The book transitions into a more typical YA adventure -- well done, but no longer unique.

Recommended.
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LibraryThing member richardderus
Rating: 3.5 exasperated stars of five

The Book Report: Jacob Portman is a privileged little creep, living in air-conditioned splendor and social isolation with his useless ornithologist father and his rich-bitch shallow mother. He has one friend, smokin' chawin' awkward po' folks Ricky, and other than that, he has his old Jewish grandfather Portman.

The elder Portman tells Jacob fascinating, magical stories about a childhood spent on an island off the coast of Wales where his parents sent him just before the Nazi death machine cranked up. The stories are illustrated by wonderful photos showing kids doing impossible things: Holding boulders on the tip of a finger, for example, or levitating flat-footed, or being invisible (that last is tough to photograph, as you can imagine). For years, Jacob completely buys into Grandfather Portman's tales.

Then he grows up. He starts listening to his own father, whose father is the storyteller. Big mistake.

Events catch up to Jacob, as his conflicted relationship with the old man ends in a spectacular death, a quest for deeper truths than are on the surface where most people are most comfortable, and the usefulness of freaks to the world is fully plumbed. This is a fearless yarn about fears so deeply implanted in most of us that we don't even know they're fears anymore: Do I fit in? Where? How? Does anybody like me, really?

Jacob adds the one question to this list that makes a boy into a man: Do I really care?

My Review: So why only 3.5 stars? Because it started out to be a 5-star read, with haunting photos and fabulous sentences and really involving ideas all schmoozling around, making me forget the narrator is a teenager! As I've said often enough to be boring about it, the presence of teens in a book affects me as garlic does Dracula.

And then the teenager starts whining. And then the story goes into multiple adolescent freaks' PoV. And then I got pissed and stopped wanting to read the really very good story. And the stars began to fall off the rating. And that, friends, makes me sad and mad. So that's where this woeful tale ends.
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LibraryThing member Tyllwin
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is an illustrated YA novel. The first thing I noticed is that this Quirk Press volume is, physically, a very nice book, right down to the attractive end papers. I wish more publishers would take this care. I would have called this book in the paranormal genre, but since that's now synonymous with "vampires," let's call this one "modern fantasy."

In the publisher's descriptions, much is made of the integration of many photographs with the text. I think that's a bit overstated. The photos are an interesting and appropriate group of illustrations, but they're far from essential. Since some of the photos are nicely creepy, I very much prefer it with the photos, but you could conceivably publish an edition without them.

The basic plot of the book is that Jacob Portman wishes to investigate the mysterious death of his grandfather, using some photographs as the first clue. Along the path of his investigation, he runs across other photos, all of which are reproduced. His search will lead him to a remote Welch Island, and involvement with the paranormal. It's clearly the first book in a series, coming to a good stopping point, not an ending, at the close of the book.

It's an enjoyable enough read, suffering from one main flaw, that being that it's almost entirely plot-driven. Only Jacob himself is drawn with any depth. The rest of the characters are only lightly sketched in, and the underlying mythology isn't a very solid one. Even the setting isn't as fully realized as it might be. That said, the plot is a fun one, with enough darker elements to keep it from being syrupy, and I'd give this book a solid "B."

(Disclosure: Review copy was provided to me free as a part of LTER)
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LibraryThing member SpazzyDragon13
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was one of those books that I kept seeing reviews for everywhere. The best part? All the reviews were good and included the word 'creepy'. Those two things made me want to read it even more than I already had. So, naturally, I was ecstatic when I received it as a birthday present. (Not that I could read it right away, since a family member decided to take it and read it fist. :d)

That being said, when I finally was able to get my hot little hands on a copy of this book, I was instantly hooked. I LOVE books that grab you right from the beginning. There was no suspension that had to be built up for me to become interested. Not to mention the floating little girl on the cover...who could trun this book away and not want to know what the heck a floating girl is doing on the cover to begin with and WHY exactly she is floating!? I couldn't.

Character wise, they were brilliant. All the characters were unique and easy to distinguish. Another major thing that I liked about this book, was how the author kept the language confined - for lack of a better term - to the time area the person was from. The language also made certain situations laughable. (For instance, the scene where Millard is wounded. Bahaha.)

Plot wise...EPIC. I don't think I really need to discuss this. Its pretty obvious that the plot is going to be big, based off the prologue. Also, I don't think I SHOULD discuss it. Too many spoilery-spoils!

Lastly...the author. His name is Ransom Riggs (EPIC NAME!) and he has successfully gained a humongous new fan. Why? 1. His story is really good. Really, really good. 2. He managed to pull off the attempt of combining two of my favourite things; photography and a good book.
Photography is a passion of mine, and so is writing. So, naturally, I love books too. I don't know why its taken so long to find a book with a plot that also included pictures. I'm seriously fan-girling over here about it. Its not something that's easily explained, so you should just go read this book. Like now. Go. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. Squee.
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LibraryThing member tikicats
Interesting story. The photographs as a back drop to the story was brilliant!
LibraryThing member TheTwoDs
Ransom Riggs's debut novel combines a deliciously creepy premise, an island where "peculiar" children with strange powers may live in perpetuity, with vintage photography artfully arranged to illustrate the tale.

The story is reminiscient of John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things and fans of that fantastical tale will want to read this one. Sixteen-year-old Jacob had been told plenty of amazing tales by his grandfather when he was a child but has grown to disbelieve them as fairy tales rooted in the elder man's escape from the Nazis. The sudden death of his grandfather is the impetus for a trip with his father to the remote island off the coast of Wales where his grandfather lived at an orphanage during the war.

To give away any more would do a disservice to the novel. Suffice to say, the story contains all the hallmarks of a fantasy with magical powers, hideous creatures, disbelieving adults and cliffhangers galore. The blending of fantasy and science fiction elements with Welsh mythology works well and the form of time travel presented is unique as far this reader knows.

The photos are real images found by collectors at garage sales, flea markets, antique stores and various other places that deal in ephemera. While the usual line goes that no image can replace the image the words create in the readers head, the sheer oddness of some of the photos make the conceit work in this case. If nothing else, there will be a few more odd and vintage photo collectors rummaging through the pictures in the usual and not so usual locations for finding such things.

Riggs has promised additional novels in this series and this one ends with a perfect setup for the next. I'm looking forward to them.
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LibraryThing member fyrefly98
Summary: When Jacob was little, his grandfather would always tell him stories. Stories about the mysterious house in which he grew up, a house on an island in Wales, a house that was full of children with strange powers - a boy who was immensely strong, a girl with a second mouth in the back of her head, an invisible boy, a girl whose feet never touched the ground - children who are pictured in a series of incredible photographs, children who were hiding at this house because it was the only place where they could be safe from the monsters. As Jacob grew up, he dismissed his grandfather's photographs as trickery and his stories as mere fairy tales, but when he finds his grandfather dead in the woods behind his Florida home - and sees something impossible and monstrous fleeing the scene - he begins to wonder. His parents and his therapist think that he's suffered a mental break, but he convinces them to let him travel to Wales, to hopefully find out the truth beyond his grandfather's cryptic last words once and for all. But what Jacob finds on Cairnholm Island makes him wonder if his grandfather might not have been making up his stories after all... but if that's the case, then Jacob may have just put himself in mortal danger.

Review: Saying that something is a "multimedia experience" sounds like cheeseball mid-'90s marketing copy, but in the case of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I really think it might be true. The gorgeously produced book is peppered with vintage photographs, collected from estate sales and flea markets, with each photograph showing something bizarre, unnerving, or just a little off. Individually, it's easy to look at any one photograph and say "Oh, that's double exposure / a trick of the lighting / etc." However, the absolute best part about this book is how everything fits together into a whole that's greater than the sum of the parts. The photos complement and amplify the atmosphere of the story, and the story weaves itself around the photos that they stop feeling like disparate found objects, and more like interconnected pieces from a life, enough to make you stop and think "Well, what if....?"

I don't know whether the photographs inspired the story, or if the story dictated which photos to use (probably some of each), but the overall effect is not like anything I've ever come across before. The story is funny and poignant by turns, and effectively creepy throughout, enough to make me wish I'd read it on a foggy October evening. It's not just the bad guys that are creepy, either... even the good guys have a disconcerting, haunting air about them; especially so compared to Jacob, whose perspective and narration style is sufficiently modern to make it a sharp counterpoint to some of the more fantastical things he encounters. Suffice it to say, this book gave me the shivers more than once.

The ending, while it was consistent with the rest of the story, and a good resting place, didn't manage to tie up all of the threads of the book, and is rather obviously providing set-up for a sequel. On the one hand, that kind of open-endedness usually bothers me, but if Riggs's next book is anything near as fascinating as I found this one, the unresolved nature of this ending will be well-earned. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Recommendation: Definitely recommended for fans of modern YA novels, especially those with a bit of a fantastical twist to them; anyone who appreciates a good haunted house story; and especially anyone with an interest in photography and the power of images. This is definitely a print-only story, though... I'm not usually one to dissuade people from audiobooks, but the photographs are such an integral part of the story that it would be a shame to miss them.
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LibraryThing member bragan
Jacob's grandfather is full of fantastic stories about the rural island off the coast of Wales that he was sent to as a refugee during WWII, of the weird and remarkable children he lived with there, and of monsters that have haunted him ever since. Jacob hasn't believed any of it since he was a little kid, but when his grandfather is killed by a creature that only Jacob can see, he decides to travel to Wales in search of the truth.

This novel is illustrated with lots of strange and often creepy old photographs, which are integrated into the story. It's interesting and kind of fun at first, but quickly starts to seem gimmicky, and knowing that the story was written around the photos gives the whole thing a slightly awkward contrived feel. And, while the beginning is intriguing, I don't think the rest of the book quite lived up to its potential. The people-with-strange-abilities-live-among-us premise feels over-familiar, and the story doesn't come to any kind of a satisfying ending -- presumably because it's meant to be the first in a series, something I wish I'd known going in. It's not a bad book, by any means, if you're in the mood for a little light, YA-ish fantasy. But I strongly suspect that a month from now, the only thing I'm going to remember about it is the photograph gimmick. I doubt I'll bother continuing on with the series.
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