New York Times bestselling author John Connolly's unique imagination takes readers through the end of innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty and love, and the redemptive power of stories.
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things.
"An enchanting novel .... Despite horrific elements, this tale is never truly frightening, but is consistently entertaining as David learns lessons of bravery, loyalty and honor that all of us should learn." - PW.
"Connolly's book takes readers back into the imaginations they once held as children, reminding them of the time when they created fantasy worlds before adulthood changed them forever." - Library Journal.
"Connolly doesn't know when to stop - by the end, the punch-drunk reader is past caring about the ultimate winner or David's fate. A robust storyteller loses his way." - Kirkus.
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John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points
in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a
waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English
in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University,
subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish
Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute.
His first novel, Every Dead Thing, was published in 1999, and introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollow followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, John published his fifth ...
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