Man, what a fun ride this was!
The Secret History of Twin Peaks is technically a book, in that it’s a bound collection of pages. But what you’re buying is really more of a mystery kit. Rather than reading like a novel, Twin Peaks co-creator Mark Frost has assembled a collection of photos, news articles, top secret files, journal entries, letters, and a mysterious dossier. The reader sorts through all of the documents side by side with an FBI agent whose presence is made known through marginalia throughout the 300+ pages.
Fans of the television show will appreciate this book as a physical extension of that world. The Secret History balances the same portions of horror, humor, sci-fi, thrills, and mystery as Frost and Lynch’s previous work. In fact, reading through the book provides readers with a deeper appreciation of many of the characters viewers grew to love in the original two seasons.
Besides the contents and mood of the book, the other thing I loved was the physical book itself. The hardcover is a gorgeous old-school deep green. The paper inside the hardcover cover is a simple geometric pattern fitting for the show. This is a book that would look great on any shelf or table.
Even casual fans of Twin Peaks would probably appreciate this book. I know a second book was released more directly setting up the third season, and I’ll be reading and viewing those soon!
Some great quotes from the book, without any spoilery context:
“Mysteries, in and of themselves, are a dime a dozen. Their real value lies in their ability to create within us wonder and curiosity. That, and only that, spurs us to seek understanding of the ultimate truths.”
“The owls may indeed not be what they seem but they still serve an imperative function: they remind us to look into the darkness.”