First, let’s take a moment to discuss the author: Ransom Riggs. Ransom Riggs, alliteration with a first name quite reminiscent of handsome, although his actual name does have a very different meaning. This name was meant to be known. And this book puts the owner of the name on the path to be known.
A word of warning: this book is spooky. And, if you are like me, which means a little (read highly) over-imaginative, it has moments where it is downright scary. But, even in my fear, I couldn’t put this book down. The world that Riggs created was incredible. And as the narrator, a rather unremarkable young man (or so he thinks,) begins to unravel the mysteries around him the story only gets more amazing.
This novel is truly unique. Riggs collected old photographs and used them throughout the novel. Their addition (not only adding to the overall spookiness) gives the reader the opportunity to see what the narrator sees. It was a great way to pull the reader into the story. And, while it has the potential to feel gimicky, I felt that their addition added authenticity.
Riggs has truly set himself up for a sequel. As the ending only wraps up one conflict and another conflict (a far scarier one) is just being fully understood by both the reader and the narrator. Personally, I can’t wait to read it.
I guess I will have to add the, as of yet, unwritten sequel to my ever growing list of unfinished series.
I should have know from the cover this book would scare me. But while I may scare easily, I don’t easily get frightened away. And boy am I glad I delved into this.