A haunting modern fairy tale from the 'brilliantly original' (SUNDAY TIMES) WORLD FANTASY AWARD-winning author.
Graham Joyce was born into a Coventry mining family and now lives in Leicester. In addition to writing he teaches a creative writing course at Nottingham University.
Tara Martin disappeared from her small English town 20 years ago. On Christmas Day, she just as mysteriously returns, dirty, confused, and insisting she has only been gone for six months after being taken by a fairy. Her brother Peter finds it all suspicious, even though Tara looks no older than the day she vanished. Peter insists she undergo tests and psychiatric counseling, but the results support Tara's claims. Then Peter's neighbor reveals that she had the same experience. John Lee does a credible job with the narration, giving the characters proper regional accents. His female characters are not as successful, as he relies on a slightly higher pitch that he drops occasionally during a longer piece of text, though this does not detract from the enjoyment. VERDICT Recommended for those who enjoy changeling stories or explorations of fairy tales. ["A captivating blend of fantasy and reality that will keep readers guessing till the very end. Recommended for fans of Keith Donohue's The Stolen Child and those readers who enjoy fairy tale variations, fantasy, or psychological exploration," read the review of the Doubleday hc, LJ 6/1/12.-Ed.]-Suanne B. Roush, Osceola Fundamental H.S., Seminole, FL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A sly, observant story... Joyce keep the focus on the human drama, allowing his fairyland to build itself with threatening glamour in the shadows of the reader's imagination. -- Tim Martin The Daily Telegraph 20121215