Adult · John Connolly · Stand Alone · Young Adult

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly


The book follows David, a twelve year-old boy who struggles with his mother’s death and his father’s remarriage. When a WWII bomber plane crashes into his garden, he finds himself in the fantasy world of his books; he must find the King, who can return him to his home. The novel takes a fresh look at traditional fairy tales, following a child’s journey into adulthood (




John Connolly writes a fairly original story. His story reminds me of both Alice in Wonderland and Pan’s Labyrinth with many of his characters coming from Brother’s Grimm fairy tales, but with a twist. Even though this may make it seem unoriginal the actual storytelling is original.

I have never encountered a story more interesting and emotionally moving as this one. The most interesting aspect of his story is that he took a different perspective on fairy tales. What you think about your favorite fairy tale characters may be completely opposite in Connolly’s world. The story is also violent and dark, which may bother some people. It is definitely not for children or the faint of heart. However, aspects of the story are also funny! I did not find his book to be very predictable, which kept me interested throughout the story. I can say that the ending was surprising and emotionally moving! There are many themes included in this story such as death, the importance of love, the power of stories, and coming of age. Such a fantastic plot!


His characters are well developed, detailed, and personable. The main character may remind you of yourself, and you may have many different emotions towards Connolly’s characters. Some are sweet and innocent,while others are dark and creepy.

Overall Thoughts

The Book of Lost Things is an incredibly well written, adult dark fantasy book. I couldn’t believe how captivating his writing was. Some of what he wrote is very memorable. This is a must read stand-alone book for anyone who loves fairy-tale retellings. I hope that John Connolly decides to write another fantasy novel!

My rating: 5/5 stars!


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John Connolly’s website provides information about him and his books.


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