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Book Review: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Posted Aug 06 2008 6:09am

Reviewed by Jeannine

This story takes place in London during World War II where our main character David lives. David is a teenage boy whose mother is dying from a disease that is slowly taking her life. His love and fear of losing his mother enables him to create a belief that if he behaves a certain way it’ll keep his mother alive. (This reminded me of Tony Shalhoub’s TV character, Monk, whereas if he counted to ten everything would be okay).

Eventually, David’s mother dies, his father remarries a woman named Rose and a son George is born. This causes David to become very unhappy and ill because his father and stepmother lavish all their attention on George.

One night David decides to check out the stone garden on their property, at which time a German war plane crashes on the stone garden and traps David underneath the wreckage. While trapped and unconscience he discovers a hidden door in the garden. As David enters this secret door the world of fairy tales comes alive and this is where the book truly begins. But these fairy tales are not your average run of the mill - they are actually “scary tales” and the book takes a magnificent turn into a scary adventure because David’s always running into trouble.

As far as what the title actually means, well, there’s some things that just cannot be revealed in a review. This book is very entertaining because it’s kindhearted, sad, and happy all at the same time; as our lives can always be improved. I highly recommend this book.

On a scale from 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest, I give this book a 5. It would also make a great movie!

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