Don’t get thrown away by the cover! It is nothing like those horror movies with scary children. But honestly, it is the cover that drew my attention to this series. Black and white children’s photography from almost a century ago is quite an interesting approach to narrating a story. It might come across as a creepy horror story but in my opinion, it is more like a mysterious adventure narration with time travel and enchantment. Most of it is set in the 1940’s during the WW2, which also happens to be one of the fascinating eras of human history.
It is a story about a young teenage boy called Jacob Portman living an ordinary life in Florida. He is the next generation of the family to inherit the second largest drugstore chain in the state. Just another average rich American boy. The only fascinating part of this life is his grandfather and his stories. The stories of the children he met when he lived in an orphanage in England. Incredible, unbelievable and extraordinary stories. When no one believed him, his grandson did and took upon himself to know more about his grandfather, when he died an unexpected death. Once Jacob reaches the Island in Wales he goes to Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children only to find it in ruins with absolutely no sign of life for decades. And then he meets Emma, the girl who can make fire with her hands!
As the story unfolds with many twists and turns, it certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat. One by one Jacob meets many peculiar children and discovered his grandfather’s secrets. By the end of this book, he gets to know much more than he bargained for and makes a decision, which would turn the course of his life. I would certainly recommend this book for its story, which connects with the photographs. It makes the characters stronger and easier to remember. Love the pace but somewhere in the middle, it gets a little slow and then picks up in the end. It certainly leaves you wanting for more. When I finished the book, I instantly knew I had to read the next one. The Hollow city is lying on my bedside table asking for my attention so until next time.
To ponder ~ Humans are peculiars as well with their ability to imagine and create the unknown and unseen.