Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Sixteen-year-old Jacob never truly believed his grandfather’s stories of peculiar children with strange abilities and the old mistress who protects them all at a secluded school. But the night he finds his grandfather brutally murdered the lines of reality begin to blur.

Jacob, prompted by his grandfathers dying words, travels to a far-away island off the coast of Wales to try and solve the mystery of Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. Helped along the way by a collection of bizarre photographs, Jacob uncovers far more than the ruble of an old home.

This unique novel is a thrilling story and an interesting reading experience. The collection of strange vintage photography (all real photos lent to the author by collectors), cleverly inserted into the narrative, elevate the creep-factor and really help move the story along. Well written and a great combination of fantasy and time travel, this book is a quick read and definitively a good choice for those who love a creepy mystery with a touch of the supernatural.

This is our book club’s choice this round and I’m excited to see what everyone thought. It’s sure to spur some interesting discussion.

Content note: Some mild foul language, mild violence, scary photographic images and a few drug references


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