Twin Peaks : the show’s secrets revealed in four books

Published at the time of the release of the third season of David Lynch’s cult series, four books allow to explore more in depth the iconic show Twin Peaks.

A real monument, Twin Peaks appeared on the American channel ABC on April 8th 1990. David Lynch’s cult TV show starts with the discovery of the murder of Laura Palmer, a young high school student loved by all, whose body was found on the edge of a lake. FBI Special agent Dale Cooper is assigned the case to find the young woman’s murderer. His investigation is going to prove to him that appearances are deceptive. Laura isn’t really the girl everyone thought she was and the town of Twin Peaks isn’t exactly what Dale Cooper believed it to be… During the first two seasons, Laura’s murder is finally solved, but many mysteries push Dale Cooper to stay and investigate, especially about the famous black and white lodges...

In the last episode of season 2 (warning : spoiler for those who want to watch the show) Laura Palmer tells Dale “I’ll see you again in 25 years”... As promised, 25 years later the third season arrived on Showtime May 21st 2017.

It was highly anticipated and received mixed reviews. However, the challenge is met and Twin Peaks remains a great show. For fans or newbies, here are a few significant books…

As its title suggests, The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer offers the confessions of the young woman about her real life and not the one she gives to see everyday at school. Dreams, secrets, substance abuse, neurosis, Laura Palmer is an unsettling and conflicting character. This journal will please fans of the show who have many interrogations about the ex-high school queen. You should know that this journal was written by Jennifer Lynch, the daughter of David Lynch, the director of the show ! Another anecdote, this book is the basis for the scenario of the movie Twin Peaks : Fire Walk with Me directed by David Lynch.

  • The secret diary of Laura Palmer
  • Author: Jennifer Lynch
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Price: $9.03
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The Autobiography of FBI. Special Agent, Dale Cooper answers many questions fans of the show may have. For example, who is the mysterious Diane who agent Cooper talks to continuously on his recorder ? What are his secrets, his love affairs, his family relations, or his core personality ? The autobiography paints an intimate picture of Dale Cooper, like you have never seen him before. Fun fact, the author of this book is Scott Frost, brother of Mark Frost, the co-creator of the show Twin Peaks with David Lynch ! It’s therefore a second book written by a relative of the series’ creators !

  • The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper
  • Author: Scott Frost
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Price: Currently unavailable
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Reflections, an oral history of Twin Peaks is for sure the book the biggest fans of the series must own. Brad Dukes patiently met with the main actors and asked each one of them to share memories from filming, gathered in this book of original anecdotes and stories.

For example, discover the story behind the recording of the soundtrack, how the idea of the Log Lady was found or how, after the murder of Laura Palmer was resolved, the show had to find a new storyline.

  • Reflections, an oral history of Twin Peaks
  • Author: Brad Dukes
  • Publisher: Tall Press
  • Price: $18.99
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Finally, The Secret History of Twin Peaks combines many documents linked to the show. FBI reports, press articles, speeches, archivists’ notes… All these exclusive documents are supposed to be in a confidential FBI file given in 2016 to an unknown agent. And the sources are safe as The Secret History of Twin Peaks is written by… Mark Frost, the co-creator of the show ! All these documents are therefore part of the starting point of the original series as well as the new season. To put in everyone’s hands !

  • The Secret History of Twin Peaks
  • Author: Mark Frost
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books
  • Price: $19.86
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