“When my mother, Ella, got the letter, a violent shudder ran through her. That was before she opened it. The envelope was creamy green, printed with her name and the address of the place we were staying. We’d arrived the night before, and I wondered how it found us.”
I felt like I was running as fast as I could to read this. It never let up. It was very enthralling to read and while I thought that I knew what direction the plot would take, it didn’t and I was wrong.
I don’t know what I would liken it to. I think it’s a bit of a one off.
Alice is growing up with her mum Ella, they are always moving on. If they stay put too long, bad luck seems to reach out and spoil what they have.
When a letter arrives one day, Ella tells Alice that they are now free to settle down and build a life. That life involves Alice going to a school where she meets Ellery Finch. Finch is the one person whom she seems to be able to link up with. And it is Finch that she turns to when Ella goes missing.
Then the two of them, Alice and Finch, set off to find The Hazel Wood, so that Alice can rescue her mum.
Which all sounds very mundane, but it isn’t because there are strange beings abroad, right out of the pages of a horrific fairy story. They seem to be after Alice!
So rather than spoil a good story, which is Alice, I suggest you read the book for yourself.
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. NetGalley does not allow for paid reviews.
4/5 Stars (What this means…five-stars-applied-carefully)
Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get. Her mother is stolen away – by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother’s stories are set. Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.
To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .
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