A string of fairy tale retellings strictly for grown-ups, The Book of Lost Things sounded wonderful, but was ultimately disappointing. 3/5 stars.
The blurb: High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness. Angry and alone, he takes refuge in his imagination and soon finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a world that is a strange reflection of his own — populated by heroes and monsters and ruled by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book, The Book of Lost Things.
Overall, this was ok and I think it would appeal to reader who enjoy dark (pitch-black in places) fantasy.
The writing style is interesting and effective. The author has tried to adopt the highly-detached voice used in traditional fairy tales and uses it well to give economical descriptions and keep the action moving forward.