The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert – Book Review

The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert
Published by Unbridled Books

The last book in a hugely popular children and young adult series, The Coffins of Little Hope, of the Miranda and Desiree series, is soon to be released, to the utter delight of young people everywhere. Essie Myles’s grandson, Doc, actually printed a great number of The Coffins of Little Hope in his printing press, expanded from his newspaper works. That seems like it should be enough excitement for a small town, to be part of a publishing process so secretive that people must be patted down when they leave work, to ensure they have not stolen any pages from the much-anticipated new book.

But then a little girl named Lenore goes missing. Or, at least, that’s what the woman who claims to be her mother says. Daisy gave birth to Lenore at home and she’s never been to school, there is no record of her anywhere, and very little in the way of children’s belongings at Daisy’s house. However, the drifter Daisy claims kidnapped Lenore is real enough, he has been seen around town for years, but he isn’t around now. So is Lenore real? If so, was she kidnapped? Or is she all a product of Lenore’s imagination? These questions, plus the Miranda and Desiree connection, are the recipe for a huge media circus.

The Coffins of Little Hope is an absolutely gorgeous books, I nearly ran out of my book darts marking passages.

Some of you may say I’m just as bad as the worst of the people who’ve exploited the summer, fall, and winter of Lenore, that I’ve played this story like an accordion for the purposes of melodrama, squeezing and stretching, inflating, and deflating scenes and events at will. You’ll say I wasn’t everywhere; you’ll say there’s no way I can know all that I’ve depicted. But I stand behind all the truths in this story of deception. – p. 7

The characters are somewhat odd, and the storytelling is not at all linear, but The Coffins of Little Hope is still very accessible and extremely compelling. Highly recommended.

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6 comments to The Coffins of Little Hope by Timothy Schaffert – Book Review

  • I just got a galley of this for my Nook and was worried I might not be able to get into it or follow it. But now I think I’ll move it up in my rotation.

  • Amy

    I love the unique story line of this book and Essie sounds like a fantastic character. This book is the first I’ve heard of Timothy Schaffert but he’s on my list of authors to be sure I read! Your review is one of several great reviews I have read about The Coffins of Little Hope and I hope to read it soon!

  • I love odd characters! This book sounds right up my alley.

  • I am so excited to read this one! I even went into the bookstore this weekend and was looking for it. Imagine my chagrin when I realized it wasn’t released yet! However, I did get it already on my Nook. Go figure!

  • Odd = good. Predictable = bad. I just wonder what planet I’ve been on because I’ve never heard of this one.

  • Loved this one–one of my favs this year. I was excited to get to go here Schaffert read some of it the other day.