Review: The Penultimate Peril

Lemony Snicket (2005)
353 pages

The second-to-the-last in the Series of Unfortunate Events serves as a kind of unwelcome reunion for the Baudelaire orphans with all the nefarious characters from their past. Those still living, that is.

Violet, Klaus and Sunny pose as concierges at the Hotel Denouement where a mysterious VFD gathering is about to take place. Villains and volunteers converge on the strange hotel (it’s arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System) for a meeting that promises to reveal all about the mysterious VFD and bring an end to Count Olaf’s reign of terror and silly disguises.

While not the most sparkling book in the series, The Penultimate Peril is a highly entertaining way to kill an afternoon and sets the stage nicely for the concluding installment. There’s a shocking moment I won’t give away that’s dramatically written, Sunny is beginning to speak in full sentences which is fun, and the book ends with a real bang. [***]

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