After Cemetery Boys ending up being one of my favourite books of 2020, Lost in the Never Woods was high on my list of anticipated releases! Luckily, I was already able to listen to the audiobook, and I wanted to share my thoughts.
Many thanks to Libro.fm for the Audio Listening Copy!
When children go missing in the small coastal town of Astoria, people look to Wendy for answers.
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
I’d heard such mixed things about this that I was almost hesitant to start, even though this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. But one of my friends told me that while she didn’t click with this, she thought I really would, and she was so right. I absolutely loved this book!
I guess I’m newly discovering I might have a thing for Peter Pan retellings, but I also just love Aiden Thomas’ writing. While this book was so different from Cemetery Boys, it still distinctly felt like an Aiden Thomas book, and I think that’s really impressive.
My one issue with this book is that I think it could have been condensed to a significantly shorter book without losing meaning. While I thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience, I can see why people are saying they got bored, because the book definitely dragged at times.
Regardless, I think this was an amazing exploration of grief that filled me with sadness and happiness at the same time. And I loved Peter so, so much.
If you’re planning to read this, I would highly recommend the audiobook. The narrator did an amazing job!