John Connolly creates a nightmarish fantasy in The Book of Lost Things, twisting together reality and sorrow and fear and turning it into a boy's struggle with the loss of his mother. David is twelve, and having recently lost his mother to an incurable sickness, has retreated into his own world. His father moves on and remarries, but David is still grief-stricken, not wanting to let go of the past. One night, he enters a strange, terrifying land, filled with humanoid monsters and sheathed in darkness. As the story unfolds, David meets all manner of people and creatures, and grows up bit by bit as he tries to find his way back home. This nightmarish novel is a triumph, and I could not put it down, no matter how terrible it became. John Connolly has created a masterpiece, and I seriously recommend this to anyone interested in fantasy or horror books.