by John Connolly
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things (Product Description).
What an amazing journey — I absolutely loved this book! For fans of dark fairy tales, quests, and coming-of-age stories, this is a must-read. The Book of Lost Things is so hard to describe — it really does defy categorization — but the reading of it reminded me of Pan’s Labyrinth with a twist of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline thrown in.
The novel stands as a great adventure tale, full of harrowing and terror-filled moments. It also offers some delightfully twisted versions of established fairy tales, rejoices in the power of childhood innocence and celebrates the art of storytelling and the heights of human imagination. For where would we be without the stories we tell each other? Isn’t that what makes us human? While the protagonist is a child, make no mistake, this is NOT a children’s book. Connolly has accomplished something remarkable here. Bravo!