Wow. I’m sorry to the two (probably more like zero, lol) people who read my reviews. I’ve been super busy lately with work and attempting to have a social life, also I was diagnosed with Shingles, so that was great. That being said, I was having trouble getting into books. But let me tell you The Child Thief ripped me right out of that slump. I was hooked from the prologue and could not put this book down. I read it on the recommendation from a lady from work that knows how much I love Disney, and Peter Pan in particular, and showed me one of those Pinterest lists saying, Peter Pan stories you need to read as an adult. I had already read a couple, but I downloaded some samples, and like I said hooked from page one.
This is a very dark and twisted retelling of my childhood favorite. I mean, trigger warning, it starts with an attempted rape by a stepfather. One of the reasons I was fixated on this novel was the true crime feel of the prologue. It doesn’t follow that pattern, but it was a great hook. No pun intention, oops.
The Child Thief is not only dark and twisted, it’s rife with Celtic mythology. I’m a huge mythology enthusiast, I was a history major in college because of it, and this book introduced me to the dark, twisted, but beautiful world of Celtic myths.
The characters are vastly interesting and complex. Peter is still the child-like character we all love, but with a dark side. He gets really dragged into some situations that you’re cringing. Ultimately, he just wants to be loved and he’s willing to do anything, and I mean anything for that dream. The other major characters are just as complex. They all have traits that you see in yourself or those around you. At times you just want to yell in their faces and say, just think about the consequences. But, sadly, immortals don’t really think about the long-term, and they tend to only look out for number one.
Peter in this story was just very charismatic and childlike, but like I said, he’s dark. He’s a murderer, make no mistake. He makes some horrible choices, and then goes along like he just had afternoon tea, but that’s kind of what I love about the character. He doesn’t care about what means justify the end. He just wants to be loved and adored, and he will kill you if you get in his way. Literally.
I don’t want to say too much about this novel because there are so many twists and turns and I don’t want to give any spoilers. It is definitely a dark, wild ride. I really couldn’t put this book down, I had it on my Nook and was reading at work because I couldn’t get the story out of my head. I absolutely had to know what was going to happen. I read this book in about two days, and I think after my current read (this month’s Fairyloot subscription book), I’m going to reread this. I think I’ll find some things that I missed, and that will make me fall in love all over again.
I feel slightly odd loving this book so much, but seriously it’s not for the faint of heart. There’s some trigger warnings I feel like I should give: rape scenarios, murder, murder of children, gang violence, abusive parents, more murder.
Please give this book a chance, and if you read it please get in touch with me! I would love someone to talk about this gem! Happy reading 🙂
The Child Thief: A Novel by Brom 5 / 5