It sounds like a children’s book when you first read the title but I believe anyone of any age can read it. The book is the debut novel by Ransom Riggs and is entertaining and will keep you interested till the end. I wouldn’t call it mind blowing but you wont feel like it’s a waste of your time and is worth reading. The author has done good job in creating a story from random vintage photos in his collection. The photos play a big hand in making this novel a good one. Eerie shots of kids have been used to give the story a supernatural element.
The story is about 16-year-old Jacob Portman who grows up listening to stories from his grandfather who tells him about growing up in an orphanage full of peculiar children with strange powers. Jacob has no real friends and has nothing much to look forward to in his life.He forms a special connection with his grandfather through the stories but as he grows up Jacob regards the stories as just that – stories, that which his grandfather made up. His grandfather’s sudden death under mysterious circumstances lead him to follow his grandfather’s last words to go the island and find the orphanage.
Jacob arrives at Cairnholm, the island where the orphanage is to find out whether Miss Peregrine is still alive. At first he thinks that the orphanage is abandoned, which is what everyone on the island believes, but later finds out that things are much more peculiar and that there was more truth in his grandfather’s stories than he could have ever imagined.
It’s not exactly a horror novel but more of a mystery created around a supernatural base. The characters are good and he story well laid out.You wont be left feeling like it’s dragging on. I enjoyed reading and you might as well.
My rating : 4 out of 5
Even if you don’t read the book, you can see some of the photos used in the book here.
And here is a trailer of the book.