Review: The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly)

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★★


High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.



I finished this book 2 days ago and I am still in shock of how brilliant this book turned out to be. I picked this up on a whim based on multiple recommendations in my Malaysian book club and I was pleasantly shocked at how much I enjoyed this book!

The story takes us on a whirlwind of an adventure after David finds himself thrown into a world of folklore and retellings. It is the story of the loss of an innocent child who’s forced to grow up and survive in a world he barely knows about and one that terrifies him so. The Book of Lost Things takes us on this journey of acceptance, survival, family and the need to control ones jealousy and anger. Connolly is a master storyteller and he ranks as one of my favourite fantasy writers alongside Neil Gaiman who shares similar vibes of creepiness.

This wonderful book also brings us into a world so dark that never will we see our childhood fairy tales in the same way ever again. Like, you have Snow White and the Seven Dwarves where the dwarves get oppressed and abused by a very obese Snow White. Or where Goldilocks was eaten by the bears because she ate their porridge and slept in their beds. Other famous retellings include Beauty & The Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel & Gretel and Red Riding Hood and I urge you not to miss out on this book just so you can read how well woven they are into David’s adventure.

The characters are so well written that you can’t help but to feel attached to them. But beware of twists and turns in the story, they will take you by surprise!

I was deeply surprised at how gory and violent this book was because I had the impression this book was for young readers. But I was wrong because it was labelled as Fantasy and Fiction. So I would definitely recommend this to older readers who love a dark and compelling fantasy.

I urge all of you to read this book if you already have it in your TBR (stares at all MyBBM members) because this book will take you through an amazing adventure! You won’t regret it I promise 😀

He would talk to them of stories and books, and explain to them how stories wanted to be told and books wanted to be read and how everything that they ever needed to know about life and the land of which he wrote, or about any land or realm that they could imagine, was contained in books. 


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