Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry (4 out of 5)

This was a suggestion from Courtney. Courtney is one of my former employees from book gig #2. She’s known for many things, but most well known for ordering $2,000 worth of special order books from the Alabama warehouse under the name “Alotta Vagina”. Obviously, she was written up but we laughed. A lot. She reads a lot and she always gives me great and odd recommendations. This was no different. I managed to read it in a little under 6 hours. It’s available in paperback.

Now I have to confess. I have always hated Peter Pan. The whimsical tale always annoyed me. I always (secretly) rooted for Captain Hook. So this book was perfect for me! It serves as a twisted Lord of the Flies-type prequel to the Peter Pan everyone knows and loves. It’s hilarious that Courtney recommended this to me, as I never confessed my hatred of Peter Pan to get. Great booklover minds think alike! I shouldn’t be too surprised, though, because Courtney and I have a lot of common favorites and she was in the small minority of people who think “A Million Little Pieces” is brilliant, despite Oprah’s widely touted condemnation of it. If you like the dark side of classic tales, this is a fine place to start.

Peter has a group of lost boys on his island. This Nevetland, they call it. The so-called golden ticket, he calls it. They came over, no questions asked, from The Other Place, with few questions asked. A few rules, too. Mostly that you couldn’t talk about The Other Place and once you were here with Peter, you could never leave. Everyone knows the one story; this is the other side. The truth. Lured here with promises of being young and happy forever, Peter never let us into the dark lair of his mind…until it was too late for a fair number of us. Our neighbors on the other islands are pirates and monsters who stay at arms length, until they get hungry. And then the bloodshed begins. Our weapons are knives, sticks, rocks, and things that bite. Our host claims to have truces in place, until something happens and we lose someone. And then the truth comes out. And it isn’t pretty. Don’t get on Peter’s bad side; you may never live it down. Or live. This is my story and this is the truth of what happened there.

Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook” is available in paperback from Berkley. If you like dark and twisted, this is the book for you. I enjoyed it immensely.

~ by generationgbooks on January 23, 2019.

2 Responses to “Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook by Christina Henry (4 out of 5)”

  1. Cool- I actually loved Peter Pan as a very small child, but this still sounds very interesting!

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