Book Review: “Lost Boy” by Christina Henry

Alice and Red Queen author Christina Henry doesn’t disappoint with her latest novel, Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook. J.M. Barrie’s classic story of Peter Pan takes on a darker twist, exposing Peter’s more sinister side. Narrated by Jamie, Peter’s first and most favored Lost Boy, we learn one simple truth: Peter lies.

Having grown up viewing Peter through Disney tinted glasses, the child within me felt he could do now wrong. Henry turned my world upside down from page one. In Lost Boy the Peter I thought I knew becomes an unrecognizable character who is selfish, sadistic, and dangerous. In fact, this Peter made me sympathize with Captain Hook, which was something I never expected. Meeting this new Peter, however, was a welcome wind of change.

As for Jamie, he is everything opposite of Peter. Patient, brave, and kind, Jamie tries with his might to hold on to the love he has for his oldest friend. That all changes with the arrival of a small boy and a girl to Neverland. Having to face more danger, death, and bloodshed than before, Jamie soon finds the traces of his boyhood slipping from his fingers as adulthood steadily creeps in. As they say, “all boys except one grow up.”

While I’m usually skeptical of any retelling of popular stories, Henry hasn’t let me down yet. Instead of making subtle changes, Henry takes readers on brand new and unique adventures. In a way, she creates alter egos of beloved characters that sometimes overshadow their molds, and I don’t mean that in a negative way. Henry’s writing overflows with an originality that is often missing from the general retelling crowd. I’m looking forward to what she comes up with next.

You can purchase Lost Boy here.

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