I received a free copy of this book on story carel but that doesn't impact my review. This is the story of a young boy who is taken in by an older childless couple who run a puppet theater in Czechoslovakia. To say anything else about the plot would ruin the best part, the uncovering of the boy's history and what becomes of him in the future. This book is a fantasy tale, a horror story, historical fiction, and a thriller. It has everything but while reading it, it flows along perfectly together. I would recommend this book to anyone who is tired of the programmatic fiction of James Patterson-type books and wants something different where it is difficult to see the next twist in the plot. Five stars!