There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan. Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter's idea of fun is sharper than a pirate's sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He'll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say I'm a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend. Peter Lies.I always believed that J.M Barrie pointed at a darker side to Peter Pan. Christina Henry slaps you in the face with it. Don't misunderstand, its not in a bad way.
This dark twisting tale is almost a prequel to what I know as the story of Peter Pan and it puts a new spin on the antagonistic relationship between Peter and Hook. Like a lot of retellings its making the traditional villain less villainous, more understandable or justified even in his actions. Although the characters were all small children, they were very distinctly written with individual personalities that shone through in the writing.
Its a gripping read that I very much enjoyed. I like these darker takes on traditional books and especially on fairy tales as they were meant to be Grimm. Get it ;) I have however taken half a star because this author will have me never looking at the original story the same again. I will always imagine that if this Pan and J. M Barrie's Pan are the same, what were his motives for bringing Wendy and her brothers there.
I give it