I found the book as my wife and I were walking through our local Sam’s Club. I thought the cover looked interesting and thought it would make a great Christmas present, so my wife bought it for me and squirreled it away until December 25.
When I first read the title and looked at a few of the pictures (which are throughout the book), I had figured the book to be a quirky documentary of sorts. I was surprised to find that it was a novel, the first from author Ransom Riggs.
I quickly found that I could not put the book down. Literally. I read the entire book in a single day. The only time I put it down was to go downstairs to warm up some tamales for lunch and dinner.
The Amazon editorial on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children reads:
As a kid, Jacob formed a special bond with his grandfather over his bizarre tales and photos of levitating girls and invisible boys. Now at 16, he is reeling from the old man’s unexpected death. Then Jacob is given a mysterious letter that propels him on a journey to the remote Welsh island where his grandfather grew up. There, he finds the children from the photographs–alive and well–despite the islanders’ assertion that all were killed decades ago. As Jacob begins to unravel more about his grandfather’s childhood, he suspects he is being trailed by a monster only he can see. A haunting and out-of-the-ordinary read, debut author Ransom Rigg’s first-person narration is convincing and absorbing, and every detail he draws our eye to is deftly woven into an unforgettable whole. Interspersed with photos throughout, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a truly atmospheric novel with plot twists, turns, and surprises that will delight readers of any age.
I would highly recommend this book to you. I eagerly await its sequel, which the author promised will be forthcoming.