Compelling and very novel premise for a book,
This review is from: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)After a mysterious family tragedy, sixteen year old Jacob Portman travels with his somewhat vague and distracted father to a remote Welsh Island to uncover the secrets of his Grandfather's childhood. Here, left very much to his own devices, he discovers the ruins of the 'Peculiar' children's home his Grandfather once lived in. Within its crumbling walls, he finds clues as to the past occupants, and unwittingly steps into what at first appears an insulated, idyllic existence, but one which masks something much more sinister beneath.
Having just finished this book, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Built around the collection of extraordinary (and freakish) old photographs, this is a sometimes touching, always complelling story drawing the reader into a paralel world or time, where Riggs artfully paints his characters and settings, creating a reality that is convincing, whilst as much a fantasy as 'Hogwarts' and the world of Harry Potter.
Certainly a story to appeal to adults and teens alike, and one that is ripe for a sequel.