...and if you love a good faerie tale, and a good mystery, I absolutely recommend it.
This book is dark, and unlike most mysteries, it won't answer quite all your questions. The version of the truth you'll get here is the version as each character perceives and experiences it. Camilla Bruce is not here to make you comfortable. If you're familiar with Kirsty Logan's writing, she gave this book a glowing review in which she referred to it as "defiant," and it absolutely is. It follows no formula, just one unreliable narrator's shockingly unique internal universe. It's an exploration of truth, reality, and mental health. It's also an exploration of faeries, and not the nice glittering kind.
I actively sought out an advance copy of this book (in addition to later buying a copy), because I was so desperate to have my hands on it. It took me a while to *get* the novel right after I read it. I stewed for about 18 hours until everything just *clicked*. And then I fell all over myself buying a hardcover copy (I exclusively buy ebooks unless I've fallen deeply in love with a book), writing a 5 star review on Goodreads, and telling my friends. This is now an absolute favorite.
If you like darkness, faerie tales, mysteries, or explorations of a character's psyche, I highly recommend this unique and beautiful novel.
Trigger warning for exploration of abuse and trauma.