REVIEW: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars, Genre: Mystery/Fantasy, Pages: 352, Level: Easy

Book Description from Barnes & Noble:

“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.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.”

Jacob’s grandfather is a bit strange and tells stories that could not possibly be true. After his grandfather is killed and Jacob sees something strange, he decides to go find Miss Peregrine, the mistress of a children’s home during World War II, where his grandfather lived for a short period of time. He finds an old abandoned house, destroyed by a bombing in 1940. No one ever comes near the house, or so Jacob thought. Are the children still alive? Impossible. Or is it?

This is a slow book, by no means a page turner. It is a book I imagine keeping next to my bed and reading little by little. In addition, it is basically a mystery, which is not my cup of tea. I did enjoy many parts of the book, but I cannot include any detail without spoilers, and I don’t like to include spoilers in my reviews.

The writing is outstanding. Riggs develops the characters so well and his use of old pictures makes them practically jump off the pages. Each of the characters is fascinating and it would have been wonderful to hear more about them. Although based on the elaborate story Riggs creates, it is quite possible that the reader will get more background information in a sequel. I have heard of no plans for sequels, but he definitely left the door wide open for one.

Finally, this is a really good mystery. There are several surprises, plus a big one toward the end. I am sure mystery lovers will enjoy this book tremendously.

I apologize this review is choppy, but because I decided not to include spoilers, I am trying to tiptoe around many of the details. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is not one of my favorites, but I am glad I read it and will probably read a sequel if Riggs indeed writes one. What I would be most interested in reading about would most likely be found in subsequent books.

Reviewed by Christina

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