The Horror Honeys: Hardcover Honey's Book of the Week!

Hardcover Honey's Book of the Week!

A Hardcover Honey Review

The Book of Lost Things (2006) - John Connolly


Although he's best known for a series of mysteries starring Detective Charlie Parker, John Connolly's 2006 stand-alone book The Book of Lost Things is a not-to-be-missed dark fantasy in the vein of Neil Gaiman. It is highly cinematic and a great read for a rainy night. David, a bookish 12-year-old who has recently lost his mother, and whose father has recently remarried and given him a younger brother he resents with all his might, begins to experience episodes in which his books seem to be whispering to him.

One night, upon hearing his mother's voice, he is drawn to the garden, where he enters a portal to a twisted land of fairy tales at their basest level (in this version, Snow White is portrayed as gluttonous slob who uses the seven dwarfs as her slave labor) and must go on a quest to find and save his mother, avoiding the dark clutches of the villainous "Crooked Man" along the way. In this world, David learns that "happily ever after" means, simply, "eaten quickly." Even the cover of this book is absorbing and beautiful. I hope you love it as much as I did!

Hardcover Honey Verdict: 5 Evil Bookworms out of 5