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Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier

(Twin Peaks #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  5,090 ratings  ·  619 reviews
The crucial sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Secret History of Twin Peaks, this novel bridges the two series, and takes you deeper into the mysteries raised by the new series. The return of Twin Peaks this May is one of the most anticipated events in the history of television. The subject of endless speculation, shrouded in mystery, fans will come flocking to s ...more
Hardcover, 150 pages
Published November 2nd 2017 by Pan Macmillan (first published October 31st 2017)
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Alex Sleight Thats how its marketed, yes. Also people seem to think tSHoTP is non-canon because lynch hasn't read it, but we know that mark frost wrote it after th…moreThats how its marketed, yes. Also people seem to think tSHoTP is non-canon because lynch hasn't read it, but we know that mark frost wrote it after they finished writing the new series together, so one can assume that alot of the more concrete parts of the book are based on conversations lynch/frost had about what characters would've been doing and such, stuff that didn't, or couldn't, make it into the series.(less)
Richard Gray The book recaps large chunks of the three seasons of the show, the film, and the first book. However, it is strongly recommended that you read this AF…moreThe book recaps large chunks of the three seasons of the show, the film, and the first book. However, it is strongly recommended that you read this AFTER all of those as it contains massive spoilers and possible alternative viewpoints to events from The Return (Season 3).(less)
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Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So now we are basically calling fan-service "novels," huh. Yep these are the days. And so this "novel"'s theme is Twin Peaks--so all's good. I will admit that I've only watched season 1 and the brilliant hard-R-rated film (my qualifications for critiquing this may be suspect, IT OK). But I do know who killed Laura Palmer... The central enigma in this whirlpool of enigma.

I suppose this bridges the 25-year gap between the original sensational show, and this new Showtime revamp (which I will immedi
I’m new to the world of Twin Peaks, but as someone who holds advanced nerd degrees I’m familiar with a lot of franchises that have decades of continuity, intricate histories, and scores of characters who have gone through extreme story arcs. Yet, I think Twin Peaks is the only one that could release a short tie-in book that seems like it’s just filling in some story gaps until the very end when it drops a couple of revelations that made me reexamine what I assumed I knew about the story all over ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More satisfying than The Secret History, if only because it is entirely concerned with familiar Twin Peaks faces and not retro-fitting historical UFO lore with a TP connection. Fills in some blanks between the two series (Where's Donna? What kept Ed and Norma from getting together during the intervening 25 years?) and fixes some discrepancies created by the Secret History (why did SH say Norma's mom died in the early 80s when she showed up in the original series? Did Annie get written out of the ...more
Alex Daniel
(sadly) For Twin Peaks completionists only. No spoilers.

If you're reading this, you're a Twin Peaks fan. Great! Me too. If you're reading this, you've probably watched everything, read everything, but you're still hungry for more. I know the feeling, and that's why I pre-ordered THE FINAL DOSSIER, a companion-novel to Season 3. But it's hard for me to recommend to you, dear reader, and here's why:

The White Lodge (the good stuff):
The final half of the book explores some of the events that make up
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Final Dossier is a direct sequel to both Mark Frost's The Secret History of Twin Peaks and to the third season of Twin Peaks. And I'll just get this right out of the way: if you're a fan of the show, you need to read this book.

Twin Peaks: The Return premiered in May of 2017. David Lynch directed every episode and had complete creative control over every aspect of the new season. You'd think that he would have every opportunity to tell the story he wanted to tell (and you'd be right), but tha
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
thanks but i like my david lynch content as incoherent as possible
Michael || TheNeverendingTBR
"Hello, Agent Cooper. I'll see you again in 25 years."

The Final Dossier tells us what happened to key characters in the 25 years in between the events of the second season and the third and we get details and insights to those characters which were left unknown after the second season.

I'm very happy with this book, it was again; compiled very well and easy to read. I was also glad to find out more about certain characters some of which were key characters and some minor - I was glad to find out
Neil R. Coulter
Nov 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twin-peaks, fiction
This is just really bad fan fiction. Yes, it’s written by the co-creator of the series, but it only shows that Mark Frost doesn’t understand the story he co-created. At least, he doesn’t understand it the way David Lynch and most of its fans do. Twin Peaks is not about connecting all the dots and answering all the questions (though there are many moments, especially in season three, when answers to certain questions would be most welcome). Rather, it’s more of a narrative doorway to many differe ...more
Jeffry van der Goot
This book entirely misunderstands the appeal of Twin Peaks. It does not clarify anything one could not speculate on from a close look at the third season of the show, instead it is more interested in demystifying and destroying any sense of personal interpretation in the interest of Lore.

If one is the person who loves wikias and timelines, this is the book for you, but that is not what Twin Peaks is about.

Not to mention the annoying things like a trigger warning joke in 1989, the only bisexual c
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

Twin Peaks : The Final Dossier by Mark Frost. (2017).

Some followers of mine may recall that I read The Secret History of Twin Peaks a few months earlier by the same author. This novel is much easier to read than the previous one - the formatting is clear, the book is significantly shorter and the narrative is simple to work through. I wouldn't suggest reading this if you haven't watched all of the tv series, including the
Kevin Cecil
It's a little bit "Twin Peaks for Dummies."

But, hey, I'm a dummy.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The core fundamental of human existence is wonder - and its analogue is fear. You can`t have one without the other, flip sides of the coin.

And even as we "wonder" at what we`re doing here, so do we also fear - so deep down below the surface of our lives that few can bear to look at it - that life is a meaningless jest, an extravagant exercise in morbidity, a tale of sorrow and suffering lit by flashes and made bearable only by moments of companionship and unsustainable joy. Along the way, as we
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entertainment
Here's a book you will have to do some "homework" for: before you read it, you will want, at the very least, first to watch Twin Peaks: The Return (A Limited Event Series), as The Final Dossier includes brief references to characters and events that are more fully depicted in that television program than they are in this book (really, to get the most out of reading this, in addition to Twin Peaks: The Return, you'll want to see the thirty episodes of Twin Peaks that aired on ABC in 1990-91, alon ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let me preface this review by saying that I've always felt that Mark Frost did not get enough credit for Twin Peaks. His contributions to the original show have been unfairly eclipsed by David Lynch’s genius and I think Frost was responsible for more of what we loved about TP than people remember. I loved his novel List of 7 and thoroughly enjoyed The Secret History. Having said that, this book was a complete pile of crap.
It had the narrative flow of a Wikipedia summary of a tv show and the few
Mack Hayden
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-fun-fun
This doesn't explain everything, but it sure explains a lot. It's a just-right balance between keeping the central mysteries of the show alive, while also providing enough detail to satiate the curious. It just feels like Frost and Lynch decided to do all the basic exposition at the end of the show with this book instead of at the beginning. Pretty sure any diehard Twin Peaks fan was planning to read this anyway, but I hope you don't mind if I add my voice to the choir saying this was a fitting ...more
Liam Green
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
more missing pieces

For hardcore fans only, but what a joy it will be for them. Things hinted at in Twin Peaks: The Return are better illuminated without losing their mystery, and characters from the original series have important backstory filled in that wasn't necessary for the return but certainly helps.
John Moran
Nov 22, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Let those such as I, foolhardy enough to purchase this sight unseen online, be aware that—minus photo spreads, between-chapter blank pages, and faux FBI case-folder covers—this miserable cash-grab is about 85 pages of text total.  It’ll probably take you no more than a single afternoon to read it, which is fitting, because that’s about how long it feels like it must’ve taken to write.

In a tone that oscillates between the boringly perfunctory and the annoyingly jokey (of Peaks’ many doppelgängers
Though it's also published as a large hardback with an embossed cover and uses the same page format as The Secret History of Twin Peaks, The Final Dossier abandons its predecessor's scrapbook approach and is simply presented as a series of brief reports on various individuals, families and locations within and around Twin Peaks. (The only illustration consists of a few photographs of said locations.) Ostensibly, the dossier is Tammy Preston's investigation of how the town and its inhabitants hav ...more
C.T. Phipps
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twin-peaks
TWIN PEAKS: THE FINAL DOSSIER is the possibly misleading title for one of two companion novels written by Mark Frost (a.k.a. the other guy than David Lynch in creating Twin Peaks). Mark Frost has always had a more occult world-building sensibility to Twin Peaks than David Lynch, which by means that he actually wants things to make sense even if he has to involve Theosophy, the Men in Black, and Native American spiritualism in his writings.

This is the companion guide to THE SECRET HISTORY OF TWI
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: twin-peaks
This made season 3 better. I'm surprised at how much was answered and I'm relieved that solving some of the mystery didn't ruin the fun and intrigue of the show.

Jeff O'Brien
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Answered a lot of questions I had about the third season. Maybe that makes me a Lynch poser. Whateva, yo. Book blew my damn mind at a few points. Five stars.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars.

I liked this more than The Secret History. At last, we find out what was going on with Audrey and several other major characters. This book was written from the point of view of Tammy Preston - my least favorite character in the new series. Her writing style is clunky and long-winded.

If there are no new episodes than this book should give some closure - that's not really possible, but this will do.

I wished there was more background on Albert (my favorite character in all seri
Keith Davis
The Final Dossier was written to be read only after watching the recent revival of the TV series. If you haven't watched the show there are massive spoilers in the book and the book will not make much sense. Given that the TV series did not make a lot of sense, that is saying a lot. The book is much shorter than the Secret History of Twin Peaks and more focused.

The book fills in details about some characters from the old series that did not appear in the new series, such as Donna Hayward, Harry
I'm sure this 150-page Final Dossier contains a few spoilers for the 18-episode Twin Peaks revival, but I couldn't really tell, and in any case, it was a pretty good read. Not as in-depth as The Secret History, of course, and certainly a lot less historical-conspiracy oriented, but for its deep dive into what happened to a lot of popular characters in the 25-year-plus gap between the original series and the revival, it was fairly engrossing - and, at the very least, did eventually bring about so ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Frost nails down some details in this novel. I would not read it before watching Showtime's 2017 Twin Peaks: A Limited Series Event.
Answers, answers, answers.
If you prefer Lynch's aura of mystery, you may want to approach this with caution. The mystery is not erased, but the angles are more clearly defined.
Ryan Persaud
“A wise man once told me that mystery is the most essential ingredient of life, for the following reason: mystery creates wonder, which leads to curiosity, which in turn provides the ground for our desire to understand who and what we truly are.”

This is the opening paragraph of the The Secret History of Twin Peaks, which arguably establishes the mission statement of the show. Twin Peaks is a universe full of unknowable mystery, and how humanity internalizes and interacts with these mysteries inf
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
"Gargantuan multi-dimentional clusterfuck" - yeah ?

I must add, Twin Perfect's "Twin Peaks ACTUALLY EXPLAINED" video on youtube should be checked too.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
contrary to others, I thought this was a brilliant way to close out the epic that is twin peaks. I'm afraid if I go on with my praise I'll never stop. ...more
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
You know, I really wanted to like this book. I was looking forward to it ever since I heard it was coming after the show, and especially given the high quality of The Secret History of Twin Peaks . I knew that the show's return had surpassed any expectations I'd had by a mile, and surely the book must deliver more of that magical mojo, right?

It didn't work out that way.

First things first: I think Frost is a great writer - I've read some of his non-TP fiction, which is a lot of fun -and I lo
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
There is no light without darkness--and this may trouble us--but without it how would we tell one from the other?

Tammy Preston, fresh off the events of The Return Part 18, has compiled a final report for the Blue Rose Task Force on the Twin Peaks incident, attempting to become her own Archivist now that she is fully embroiled in the deep and disturbing mystery. What she finds both answers questions, and opens new doors that might never be closed.

For starters, I loved reading these even more tha
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