“I walked a block on rubbery knees, feeling the way I did the time a van clipped my bike and sent me reeling into a line of parked cars. Ella had dropped her cigarette and jumped on the fallen bike, screaming at the top of her lungs as she sped after the car. Bleeding in three places, I watched her go, glad she knew I’d rather have retribution than comfort.”
Alice’s mother has gone missing. The bad luck following her and her mother around has finally caught up with them, and now she must undertake a journey to find her. Alice knows that the answers she seeks likely resides in The Hazel Wood, the home of her grandmother and author of the infamous book of fairy tales: The Hinterland.
This is an amazing atmospheric novel full of dark and twisted fairy tales. Interspersed with Alice’s story are some of the fairy tales recorded in The Hinterland. These fairy tales are not the fairy tales Disney told though, they are full of decapitation, blood and murder.
It’s an enjoyable read, with a few nice twists. I loved every minute of the gritty and dark journey that Alice and Finch set out on. Albert’s writing was superb and she perfectly captures the creepy and haunting setting of the woods.
Recommended for fans of:
Fairy tales, dark and atmospheric novels