Ransom Riggs’ debut novel is great. Read it. Nothing creepier than spooky children. I bought it yesterday because I was interested to see how carefully the photographs were integrated into the story, and was totally taken in by the charm and drama of the narrative. The photographs are clues, adding to the atmosphere of the novel, but the story could have survived without them.
There’s a real difference between a story that lurches forward (or, more likely, sideways) in a series of and thens, and one that is propelled by a sequence of therefores. This is definitely a therefore novel, and the tension drives you on to the next section. It’s a quick read but an enjoyable one. Until we read the sequel and work out what it’s trying to say (if anything) we won’t know if it’s a substantial one.
Read this review if you need convincing. It’s great when you find a good book!