Today’s recommendation is quite peculiar. It’s a mix of text and photographs that come together to tell a haunting tale, making Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs the perfect summer thriller.
I’m not going to say too much about this book because thrillers and mysteries are only worth reading if it hasn’t been spoiled. It’s the guessing game, theories, and sudden realizations, which make it such a thrill to read.
But here is a short, non-spoiler synopsis: 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.
The thing I found most fascinating about this story is the vintage photography that inspired it. Spread throughout the book are old, peculiar and strange black and white photographs that the author found at flea markets, antique shops, and personal collections. This is such a clever concept for a story. It’s quite amazing how all the photographs come together to tell this unforgettable tale.
Verdict: If you seek a haunting adventure, or want to see if you can solve a bizarre mystery, then pick up this book. It will keep you guessing till the very end! Just when you think you understand why things are so peculiar, the author ends up revealing another unexpected twist.
What peculiarity would you want if you lived at Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?