Trigger Warnings: Ableism; Ableist language; Acute Stress Disorder; Alcohol consumption; Bombings; Death of a grandfather; The Holocaust (mentioned); World War Two (mentioned)
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, horror or mysteries. This series is not purely horror, but there are some scary elements and pictures, which resembles the genre of horror.
Set on the fictional island of Cairnholm, this book is packed full of plot twists, scares and time-travel. The photographs add to the spine-tingling plot. For me, the photographs allowed me to visualise the story as it goes along. Due to the creepy and eerie nature of the photos and the plot, this book is not one to read late at night (however, after reading this book three times, I never learn!).
Overall, this is an incredible book. The photos help to convey the spooky atmosphere, which backs up the thought-provoking narrative. I don’t know why, but the thought of the loops and travelling between loops baffles me, even after having read the books three times! However, I quite like my confusement – as it heightens the fact that, like Jacob’s father, I can never understand loops, as I am a normal (I’d love to be an ymbryne or have Emma’s fire power, though). Due to the scary nature, I’d recommend it for aged 12 and above. At the end of the book, there are lots of unanswered questions, these will be answered in the rest of the series (Hollow City, Library of Souls, A Map of Days, The Conference of the Birds and The Desolations of Devil’s Acre). I very strongly recommend reading the rest of the series, as the books get better and better, and spookier as the tale progresses.
Have you read this book? If you have, please say in the comments what you thought of the book.
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