ARC Review: Lost in the Never Woods

Lost in the Never Woods

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 out of 5 stars

When the children start to disappear from Astoria, a coastal town at the edge of the woods, everyone’s attention is turned to Wendy Darling. Five years earlier, she was found in the woods with no memory of the time she’s been gone and no knowledge of the fate of her brothers, who went missing together with her. As the town searches for the lost kids, Wendy is reunited with an impossible friend who forces her to relive her past…

Lost in the Never Woods is an exciting retelling of the Peter Pan stories. It is a novel full of action, humour and plot twists. The characters are vivid, and the plot keeps the reader involved in the story. The book has elements of a coming-of-age story, as Wendy is eighteen and has to decide on her university degree. She also has to face her childhood trauma, and her struggle is a fascinating theme of the novel. The disappearance of her younger brothers affected Wendy and her parents very profoundly, as they tried to deal with their suffering in different ways. John and Michael seem to be a part of their lives, casting a shadow of grief and guilt on even the most mundane activities. The return of Peter Pan forces Wendy to analyse the past she would rather ignore and brings back memories she craves and fears at the same time.

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