Alias Hook

Thomas Dunne: St. Martin's. Jul. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9781250042156. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466839717. F
There are those who face their troubles and those who run from them. And then there are some who run so far they land in trouble anew. Such is the fate of James Hookbridge, a sailor and adventurer-turned-pirate and blackguard, whose roguish ways have caught up with him at the hands of a voodoo priestess. Exiled to the Neverland and christened Captain Hook, he is villain and victim, suffering the punishment of a world of never-ending childhood. Half mad with boredom of childish games and the absurd rules that govern the creatures of Neverland, Hook can scarcely believe his eyes when a woman from his own lost world appears on Pirate Beach. Her presence is impossible, but it is that which dares Hook to hope she might be his salvation.
VERDICT Scintillating description and deep characterization make Jensen's (Witch from the Sea) Neverland a psychologically intriguing place to visit. Following in the footsteps of Gregory Maguire, Carolyn Turgeon, and Frank Beddor, Jensen offers a humanized take on Captain Hook that will be sure to entertain fans of the fairy tale-retelling genre. [See Prepub Alert, 11/18/13.]
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