Ransom Riggs spins a suspenseful plot that begins with a violent murder, a possible monster sighting, and a smattering of bizarre images. Ever since Jacob was a little boy, he was enthralled by his grandfather’s stories about his experiences in Wales as a teenage refugee fleeing the Nazis during World War II. Now sixteen, Jacob has serious doubts about the authenticity of his grandfather’s tales. This eerie mystery is punctuated with dozens of antique photographs of the “peculiar” friends described by Jacob’s grandfather. Is it possible that their special powers might really exist: invisibility, levitation, telepathy, super strength...? Jacob heads for the isolated island in Wales to explore the site of Miss Peregrine’s Home, looking for clues to his grandfather’s secrets. What begins as Jacob’s attempt to sort out his grandfather’s past quickly escalates into an adventure involving time travel, romance, and a fight for survival against dark, bloodthirsty creatures.
In addition to being a talented writer, Ransom Riggs is also a filmmaker and a photography collector. The photos used in the book are actual vintage prints, and this serves to amplify the overall creepiness of the reading experience. There are a few spots in the book where you may hesitate to turn the page for fear of the photo awaiting you there.
If you are not already sold on this book, check out the author’s awesome booktrailer. Even more interesting is the video about the making of the book trailer, A Most Peculiar Trip: Searching for Miss Peregrine. Finally, watch Riggs’ video about his eccentric hobby, collecting old photos of total strangers, Talking Pictures.
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