In Darkling Wood

In Darkling Wood - blog post image
BY Julia Thum | 0 Comment(s)
  • September 11, 2018

'You're telling me there are fairies in this wood?'

When Alice's brother gets a longed-for chance for a heart transplant, Alice is suddenly bundled off to her estranged grandmother's house. There's nothing good about staying with Nell, except for the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden - but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn't seem to go to the local school and no one in town has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?

My Thoughts

Spooky woods and fairies - this one is right up my street. Having loved Letters From The Lighthouse (reviewed on the bookshelf) I was longing to hear more from Emma Carroll so turned to this one, and am delighted to report it didn't disappoint. 

I was intrigued how the author would introduce fairies without either infantalising the reader or being really really cheesy. The answer is, subtly, gently, cleverly, always allowing room for doubt but leaving the reader longing for the fairies to be real. I loved it. Magical realism in the hands of a master story-teller. 



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