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

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
Quirk, 2011

I stumbled across Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children while flipping through an issue of Entertainment Weekly several months ago. Written by Ransom Riggs the novel was inspired by a number of old and peculiar photographs discovered by the author. The pictures are strange and frequently creepy. This is a bit unfortunate since the book really lacks any sense of disturbing or strange atmosphere. This is more and adventure story but one that while enjoyable felt surprisingly bereft of anything truly memorable outside its use of photographs.

The novel centers around and is narrated by a young man named Jacob. As a child Jacob was very close to his immigrant grandfather who would share stories and pictures of the strange children at the orphanage where he grew up while simultaneously warning Jacob that there were monsters in the world. As he grew older he began to doubt his grandfather’s tales as mere flights of fancy. Then the sudden and strange events surrounding his supposed senile grandfather’s death shake Jacob’s world to the core and send him on a quest to find the truth regarding his grandfather’s youth.

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