Something sinister waits within the trees . . .
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road . . .
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
Here’s the thing, I love Peter Pan and I love Aiden Thomas so when the two collide you can bet your ass that I’m gonna grab that book with both hands and plow through it in two days.
Despite the fact that I love everything Peter Pan, I haven’t read many retellings. I think we’ll chalk that one up to the fact that I read Lost Boy by Christina Henry a good few years back and it was way too dark for me, which potentially stopped me picking up any others for a while. Since I didn’t really pay attention to the blurb, once I did I was slightly worried that this would be on the darker side too but it was just the right dose of atmospheric to come across as mysterious rather than scary.
I could not have predicted the story as I was reading and I love that. There is nothing worse than reading a predictable book, when it is supposed to have a mystery element to it. Thomas’s writing makes their scenes so easy to envision as you read and I found myself imagining volunteering in the hospital or walking in the woods with Wendy. The characters felt realistic and flawed, which definitely made them more human and whilst I wouldn’t say I adored them all, I definitely felt an affinity for them.
ALSO, THERE IS A DOG CALLED BUCKY! He only features very briefly, but still.
The only slight issue I had was that the ending felt like it was wrapped up a little too easily, HOWEVER, it was still a good ending and that didn’t detract from the plot or overall enjoyment of this book. The plot developed logically and as much as I wanted to skip ahead to find out what was really going on, I resisted. It’s definitely a page turner and perfect for Peter Pan fans. It’s a darker version of the ‘Disney version’, so if that was too fluffy and light for you, definitely give this a try – plus the cover is absolutely gorgeous!
Trigger Warnings: Alcoholism, Child death, Grief, Kidnapping, Death, Gun violence, Murder, Blood, Panic attacks/disorders, Violence, Medical content, Mental illness, Car accident.
Rep: Anxiety, PTSD