A mysterious island.
An abandoned orphanage.
A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
I really really wanted to like this book. The description grabbed me and the use of actual photo’s was a great idea, but I struggled to get into the story.
It didn’t make me want to pick it up and keep reading – I found myself avoiding doing so in fact. The characterisations fell a bit flat to me, with no real feeling as to why people may make the choices they did.
Jacob was disappointing, after a promising start he turned into an uninspiring as a lead and it all sort of fell away.
It felt like the author had had this amazing idea to base a story around a collection of weird photos (which is an amazing idea, its one of the things that made me want to read it in the first place) but then couldn’t quite work out how to tie it all in together.
I know a lot of people like this series but it didn’t work for me.