Lost in the Never Woods is written by Aiden Thomas. This is a stand alone novel by the author of Cemetery Boys.
Something sinister waits within the trees . . .
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 the light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road . . .
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, asks for Wendy’s help to rescue the missing kids. But, in order to find them, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
Lost in the Never Woods takes place after the adventures of Peter Pan. However, things aren’t right in Neverland and new child earn are going missing, with everyone turning to Wendy for answers. It all started when John and Michael went missing and only she came out of the woods. It is a dark, mystery retelling of Peter Pan, which had me hooked on the plot points of the story. I truly wanted Wendy to find out the truth of what happened to John and Michael and for her to find her inner strength that was buried deep.
I would say that it is a slow to medium paced by the mystery keep me reading. The interaction between Wendy and Peter developed across the story as Wendy slowly remembered Peter. I really enjoyed the mirror to the original story as they try to catch and stop Peter’s shadow. The romance between Wendy and Peter is bittersweet and highlights the importance of savouring every memory and experience you can.
One quote that stood out to me is:
Shadows are made up of darkness. They feed off of sadness and despair. They manifest you’re most scared of and use it is a weapon to feed off your fear.Peter Pan to Wendy
The story while dark, was thought provoking and I truly enjoyed the book and will read again.