Friday, 20 February 2015

Review: Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge, 5* :-)

"When Triss wakes after an accident she knows something is wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her, and her parents whisper a lot behind closed doors. She looks in her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out."

What should I say? I was hooked from page one. This one is magical, and a must-read for anyone who likes subtle dark fantasy - or possibly Stephen King?

It may be listed as a children's book but don't believe it. This is younger fiction meets horror, in the way some Victorian children's books managed. I could imagine sharp-beaked Arthur Rackham crows as illustrations much more than today's fluffy kittens.

Maybe not for the very young, but it isn't marketed for them. For teen to adult though, it's a beautifully written, imaginative tale. Well worth a look even if you don't normally try something a bit younger sounding.

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