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This book is an exquisite rarity: a faerie book that is at the same time marvellously visual and imaginative, but works equally well as a study of human trauma; a love story (of sorts); a family drama; a wholly engaging mystery. I found it in my to-read pile (which this year has been sadly neglected) and started it with no great expectation, although by the end of the third page I was not only hooked, but beginning to think that this might be the best book I'd read all year. Anyone who knows me knows how often I find myself disappointed by the payoff of a novel. This one maintained the tension right till the end - another rarity -never veering into over-exposition or self-indulgence. And the faeries are both nicely original and authentically folkloric: creepy, pagan, detailed, entrancing. I loved it, and I sense that I'll be following this author's future work with excitement and admiration. She's been places. She knows things. Follow her; you'll know them, too.
'This might be the best book I've read all year' JOANNE HARRIS 'A glorious, pitch-black fairytale of a book' KIRSTY LOGAN, author of Things We Say in the Dark 'A feast of storytelling...lingers long after the last morsel's been consumed' SAM LLOYD, author of The Memory Wood 'Brutal and beguiling story of love and revenge' LUCIE McKNIGHT HARDY, author of Water Shall Refuse Them 'Lascivious and bloody' JAMES LOVEGROVE in the Financial Times Everyone knew bestselling novelist Cassandra Tipp had twice got away with murder. Even her family were convinced of her guilt. So when she disappears, leaving only a long letter behind, they can but suspect that her conscience finally killed her. But the letter is not what anyone expected. It tells two chilling, darkly disturbing stories. One is a story of children lost to the woods, of husbands made from twigs and leaves and feathers and bones . . . The other is the story of a little girl trying to make sense of a damaged life lived in the shadows . . . But which story is true? Unsettling yet unputdownable, You Let Me In dares to cross the boundary between reality and somewhere else entirely . . . ________________________ What readers are saying... 'I loved this book, was blown away by it' 'I would certainly read more from this author' 'Unexpected, thrilling and darkly twisted' 'I found myself thinking about it for several days afterwards' 'The writing was just sensational' 'An impressive debut' 'I would love to see Guillermo del Toro make a movie based on this story'
A disturbing but brilliant narrative . . . a rare treat. - WOMAN'S WEEKLY
Creepy and disturbing right from the start. - Spooky Mrs Green
Beautiful, strange . . . hideously dark, delights in unsettling. - The Bookbag
A brilliant and sinister debut. - Ginger Nuts of Horror
A fairytale, a psychological portrait and a bleak drama. - New Books Magazine
Dark and magical, one of the best books I've read this year. - Books, Bones & Buffy
Odd and unsettling, this might not be for everyone, but we thought it was magic. - HEAT magazine
A glorious, pitch-black fairytale of a book. Lush, strange and defiant. As soon as I finished it, I went straight back to the start and read it again. -- KIRSTY LOGAN, author of Things We Say in the Dark In this storytelling masterclass, everything is inverted. - DAILY MAIL
A bewitching, beguiling, and deeply unsettling tale of one woman's strange life. It will ensnare you from page one and keep you riveted until the end. -- CAITLIN STARLING, author of The Luminous Dead This beguiling and unsettling debut had me hooked from the first page . . . a unique, strange and defiant folk horror story which lingers long in the memory. - DAILY EXPRESS
Dark and immersive; a feast of storytelling that lingers long after the last morsel's been consumed. -- SAM LLOYD, author of The Memory Wood Bruce's spooky novel is lascivious and bloody, a tale of sexual awakening and dark desires that wreathes its leafy tendrils seductively around you, then tightens them until they start to strangle. -- James Lovegrove - FINANCIAL TIMES
Exploring the darker side of fairytales, it inhabits that liminal space where folklore and horror collide. A worrying tale where reality is filtered through the unreal, and the rational rubs shoulders with the supernatural, this is a beguiling story of love and revenge. -- LUCIE McKNIGHT HARDY, author of Water Shall Refuse Them Smart, creepy . . . glittering and menacing . . . deliciously terrifying. -- Laird Hunt - GUARDIAN
This might be the best book I've read all year . . . creepy, pagan, detailed, entrancing. I loved it. -- JOANNE HARRIS, author of Chocolat and The Strawberry Thief -
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||5th March 2020|
|Publisher:||Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Sci-Fi and Fantasy,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Horror & ghost stories, Folklore, myths & legends, Fantasy,|
CAMILLA BRUCE was born central Norway and grew up in an old forest, next to an Iron Age burial mound. She has a master's degree in comparative literature and has co-run a small press that published dark fairy tales. Camilla currently lives in Trondheim with her son and cat. You Let Me In is her first novel.More About Camilla Bruce