The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost


I’d like to take you back to a time. No, not to the early nineties when Twin Peaks first aired, but to the year 2000. The world was worried that everything was going to crash because of the Millenium Bug but I didn’t care because I finally, finally, got broadband. And the first thing I did, was download Twin Peaks.

It’s safe to say that I’ve been a fan ever since. A fan that has been eagerly following all of the announcements about the new series, from the 200+ cast list, to the countdown to this novel.

The kindle version was released in Europe two days before the print version, and being impatient I got that, something I kind of regret now. Mainly because I have seen pictures of the actual book and it looks so *beautiful*.


But what about the content? Does it stand up?

The Secret History of Twin Peaks is a novel about a dossier found from a crime scene in 2016. The dossier begins in the 1800’s and goes right upto the present day. I don’t want to give too much away, but it explores all of the spooky going’s on of Twin Peaks’ woods, as well as giving a massive backstory to the site, and latterly, the characters, such as the relatively minor characters of Dwayne and Douglas Milford, who feature prominently throughout. This books is about UFO’s, mysterious going’s on and it has all been compiled by someone called The Archivist, who is commenting on the dossier throughout. Also commenting, via footnotes, is the FBI Agent in 2016 tasked to decipher what exactly is going on.

Weaving in large swathes of American history – from the plight of the Native Americans, to Richard Nixon, to Roswell, and beyond – seamlessly into the history of Twin Peaks is no easy feat, but Frost manages it effortlessly. And again, the book is just beautiful – some delights that we are treated to are lots of articles from the Twin Peaks Post and Gazette, the galleys to Dr Lawrence Jacoby’s widely panned psychology book, intelligence reports on Josie Packard and so, so, much more.

Is it a book that can be read by non- or new Twin Peaks fans? Perhaps – it has its own standalone story, but I definitely would suggest having watched the original two series and the movie first. It does, however, work much more as a standalone book, than say, The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks is an incredibly engaging story, a beautiful artefact, and something that I really – try as I might for objectivity’s sake, given that I said I was a fan – can’t find anything to fault. Just perfect.


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.


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