The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

Title of Book: The Book Of Lost Things

Name of Author: John Connolly

384 pages

Publisher: Hodder Paperback (5 April 2007)

ISBN-10: 0340899484

ISBN-13: 978-0340899489

The Blurb:

‘Once upon a time, there was a boy who lost his mother’. As twelve-year-old David takes refuge from his grief in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds the real world and the fantasy world begin to blend. That is when bad things start to happen. That is when the Crooked Man comes. And David is violently propelled into a land populated by heroes, wolves and monsters, his quest to find the legendary Book of Lost Things.


When I was young I was not a fan of fairy tales, to me, the idea of a Prince saving me, did not appeal, I always found I could sort things out better by myself and that includes escaping moments of minor peril.

So it was with some concern I decided to read ‘The Book Of Lost Things’, what sold me was the words at the back of the book, ‘The Crooked Man’. I can now say that I enjoyed every part of this book.

‘The Book Of Lost Things’ tells the story of twelve year old David, a boy living in London during the Second War World, whose world changes following the death of his mother. David’s father marries Rose, who gives birth to Georgie, their son and David’s half brother. Life is not what David expects, he is miserable and alone, then David begins to dream of The Crooked Man.

With ‘The Book Of Lost Things’, John Connolly writes a fairy tale for adults, there are tales you will recognise but with a twist. The book is very poignant and aspect of the book will be familiar to the reader.

The only downside for me was that David (at times) was pretty annoying but then again he is only twelve years old.

All in all an excellent read, I recommend it highly.

Rating: 9/10

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  1. I wanted to add my rating to this review, as I have just finished this book. I give it a very enthusiastic 10/10! I don’t see any real downside to this book. I thought the re-working of the fairy tales was very well done, and the book was just scary and graphic enough to not feel like a children’s book. Every twist and turn was well thought-out. I add y recommendation!

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