All Darling Children by Katrina Monroe
All boys grow up, except one.
On the tenth anniversary of her mother’s death, fourteen-year-old Madge Darling’s grandmother suffers a heart attack. With the overbearing Grandma Wendy in the hospital, Madge runs away to Chicago, intent on tracking down a woman she believes is actually her mother.
On her way to the Windy City, a boy named Peter Pan lures Madge to Neverland, a magical place where children can remain young forever. While Pan plays puppet master in a twisted game only he understands, Madge discovers the disturbing price of Peter Pan’s eternal youth.
Katrina Monroe is the author of several novels. Her newest, ALL DARLING CHILDREN, will be out from Red Adept Publishing in fall 2016. She lives in Minnesota with her partner, two daughters, and a cat who eats better than she does.
Madge Darling is Wendy Darlings grand-daughter and she is not happy. Wendy told Madge that her mother died but Madge doesn’t believe her. A lot of that has to do with the fact that Wendy treats Madge horribly. Madge keeps trying to run away and one night she succeeds.
Peter Pan has been watching her and when she finally breaks free he snags her and takes her to Neverland. But Neverland is not like the happy Disney world that we have come to believe. Pan is a psychotic leader that kills to keep his youth. Then there are Captain Hook and Tiger Lily. We thought they were bad but it seems there is more to their story. Will Madge find her place in Neverland and be able to stop Peter?
I admit that I don’t know much more of the Peter Pan story than the Disney cartoon. I do plan on reading it shortly to find out what I have missed out on. But I love dark twists on classic stories and I loved All Darling Children. What does living like a kid with lots of power do to you? Orwell said that absolute power corrupts absolutely and it is clear that is what happened to Peter. I really enjoyed reading Wendy’s diary as you follow along with Madge. You can kind of understand why she became so bitter and it also shows how Madge is not the same person.
This is a great, dark story and clearly geared toward adults. I really enjoyed this book and would like to read other books by Katrina Monroe.
I received All Darling Children from Red Adept Publishing for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.