Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs had been on my wishlist for a while after I had seen it mentioned on numerous occasions online but it wasn’t a book I knew much about. So when on Saturday I found myself in a bookshop with birthday vouchers to spend (woohoo!) I was pleasantly surprised to see this book standing up on the table and waving at me. Well maybe it didn’t quite get up and wave but let’s just say after a little mooch around the shop the book and a lovely notebook were nestled in my handbag.
Even though I had packed my suitcase with about ten books I decided to start it that night and about an hour ago I finished it. It wasn’t totally what I was expecting (I was expecting more horror) but it was still a great read and I can’t wait to read the follow on novel.
What I really liked about the book was the inclusion of real photographs to add to the story being told. At the end of the book an interview with Ransom Riggs is included in which he talks about the origins of the book. When talking about collecting vintage photographs he says “It was just a casual hobby, nothing serious, but I noticed that among the photos I found, the strangest and most intriguing ones were always of children.” The book certainly made me wonder at the history of the many photographs he included within the pages of Miss Peregrine.
At the end of the book there is also a sneak peek at the first chapter of the next book. I have realised I never read these as I always like to have the whole story ready in my hands to enjoy. Does anyone else do this or am I the only one? Have you read Miss Peregrine? What did you think? I would love to read your comments below!