The Hazel Wood
Author: Melissa Albert
Publisher: Flatiron Books, 2018
Source: Personal Purchase
Alice Proserpine has had a nomadic childhood. Her mother, Ella, has moved her from place to place, often without any warning of change. There are only been a few constant factors in her life. Her grandmother, Althea Proserpine, is the author of a book of dark fairy tales and has lived until her recent death on an estate called The Hazel Wood. Alice has never met her grandmother and her mother never speaks of her. In fact, they avoid anything to do with her grandmother, including her following of fans. The other constant in Alice’s life: bad luck seems to follow Ella and Alice.
In a deeply disturbing twist of fate, Alice will be forced to team up with one of Althea’s fans to discover the truth behind her mother’s disappearance. She has never seen a copy of her grandmother’s famous book but will need to find it in order to understand what is happening. The truth is that her grandmother’s fairy tales are far more than stories. These creatures exist; these stories are happening – NOW. Alice must find a way to enter the dangerous world known as the Hinterland, an unexpected and dark place.
Some people really love this kind of story where fractured fairy tales meet Stephen King. I don’t happen to be one of them. If you like that kind of stuff, go for it. You will probably find it quite enjoyable (and there are many good reviews). If, like me, you would rather read something lighter and sleep well at night, this book is one to miss.