My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Entering in at Book the Ninth we are at a circus like setting with the three Baudelaires. Freak show settings aren’t my favourite and even when I was younger I found this book incredibly dark.
Show stopping with Madam Lulu covering herself as part of the VFD- the three Baudelaires hide themselves as three ‘freaks’. Sunny with a beard who bites things and Klaus and Violet who pretend to be a two headed person.
Nothing much happens in the way of development apart from the fact we think all the way through that the Baudelaires have finally got the better of Count Olaf by being right under his nose. Until that is… we go up the slippery slope and find out that Count Olaf new the entire time who they were and Sunny is cut off from Klaus and Violet who are at the end of the book hurling back down the slope away from their youngest sister.
The end of this book is what redeems it, the cliffhanger being a literal one and the fact the siblings are split.