All Darling Children by Katrina Monroe

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The grimness of this version will repel some who prefer the Disney version of Peter Pan over Barrie’s surreal original work, but Monroe’s fascinating reimagining brings out all the creepy undertones of never wanting to grow up.
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"Monroe (A Tale Du Mort) turns Neverland into a frightening, violent place in this tense extension of J.M. Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan. Madge Darling just wants to be free from her overprotective and abusive grandmother, Wendy. During her latest attempt to run away, she meets a strange boy who promises to take her to her long-lost mother. Once they arrive in a degraded, depopulated Neverland, Peter forces Madge to be “mother” to the feral and cruel Lost Boys. Madge recoils from the violent games they pursue and vainly attempts to control Peter’s sadistic, authoritarian personality. Her thought processes and reactions do not realistically match a young adolescent girl’s, but they are appropriate to the horror she encounters. Madge’s growing realization of her family’s connection to Neverland answers questions from her past but opens new wounds. To end Peter’s dominion, she teams up with Tiger Lily, who’s now chief of Neverland’s Indians, and the ghost of Captain Hook. Monroe effectively weaves in excerpts from Wendy’s diary to ominously expose Neverland’s truth. The grimness of this version will repel some who prefer the Disney version of Peter Pan over Barrie’s surreal original work, but Monroe’s fascinating reimagining brings out all the creepy undertones of never wanting to grow up." Publishers Weekly

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.
 

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Published October 20, 2016 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC. 217 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Sep 27 2017

The grimness of this version will repel some who prefer the Disney version of Peter Pan over Barrie’s surreal original work, but Monroe’s fascinating reimagining brings out all the creepy undertones of never wanting to grow up.

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