Fairy tales are among our oldest stories. For generations they have been used to teach children about the world, and the lessons they must learn. Don’t stray from the path, don’t take sweets from strangers, don’t judge others by their appearance. It is a fact Connolly uses to great effect in this coming of age novel.
David struggling with his grief for his mother and his fathers remarriage, in a manner reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia, enters a world of fairy tales. But these are not the tales of happily ever after we know. These are nightmarish tales which make the Brothers Grimm look like a Disney movie. There his must remember the lessons of the fairytales if he ever wishes to return home.
Coming of age novels are a dime a dozen, but Connolly’s twist on it makes this book stand out.