Trollhunters has a fairly interesting history. It was originally announced back in 2010 that Guillermo Del Toro was planning to make an animated movie (first with Disney, then with Dreamworks), which was to be based around a book that he had just written. Now, five years on, there has been no sign of a Trollhunters film but the book (co-written by Daniel Kraus) is due for release next week. Please note that this review is based on an advanced copy that I received from Netgalley and therefore might contain some differences from the published text.

In 1969, hundreds of children disappeared in San Bernardino, California in what became known as the Milk Carton Epidemic. The last of these was Jack Sturges, leaving behind his traumatised younger brother Jim. Although the disappearance remained unexplained, Jim knew what he saw. Jack was dragged away beneath a bridge by a huge and hideous troll.

Many years have passed and Jim Sturges Snr. has grown into an incredibly paranoid adult. He still believes in the monsters that roam in the night and has become obsessed with keeping his son, Jim Sturges Jr., safe from them. His overbearing parenting has caused a deep rift in his relationship with his son. Now aged fifteen, Jim is sick of never being allowed to take part in any after school activities and remains at the bottom of the social ladder along with his only friend, Tobias “Tub” Dershowitz.

Jim only wants to have the same freedoms as the rest of his classmates but when he sees a huge creature lurking in the school locker room, he begins to wonder if he’s suffering from the same mental illness as his father. Soon he starts to see the creatures everywhere and, to make matters worse, they seem to be hunting for him. Determined not to damage his reputation further, Jim keeps his sightings to himself. Yet, as the visions grow more frequent he is forced to face the deadly truth. Trolls are real and this might just be the beginning of a fresh wave of kidnappings…


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