I have always enjoyed classic tales retold from a different perspective. This time it’s the Wicked Stepmother’s turn to speak out. The examples she reveals made me rethink the entire story.
In the world of reporters, the goal is to uncover truths. Instincts need to be followed. Leads need to be tracked down. Questions need to be asked. Answers need to be taken with a grain of salt. Final stories are supposed to be complete and unbiased. Sylvia Stark, Celebrity reporter, is no different. She uses her wit and intellect to dig into the truth of the Cinderella story.
This story has many perfectly-timed twists as Sylvia moves closer to discovering the truth. However, the more puzzle pieces she uncovers, the fuzzier the picture becomes. She insists she isn’t good at solving puzzles with too many pieces. The truth quickly becomes more difficult to uncover when she realizes she doesn’t know who can be trusted.
With the aid of Stuart, her camera man, Sylvia is determined to interview anyone tied to the story. Is Ella really the poor neglected creature portrayed by so many books and movies? Are her stepmum and stepsisters the cruel beings bent on making Cinderella’s life miserable? What will happen to all the hopes and dreams of the young girls all over the world who idolize Cinderella if the story is outed as a fake?
I loved this retelling of Cinderella. I never came close to solving the mystery. I saw all the moving parts as they clicked into place, but my own sleuthing skills barely made out the outer corners of the puzzle. (This statement will make more sense after you read the book).