Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville
A dark, distinctive and addictively compelling novel set in fin-de-siècle Vienna and Nazi Germany—with a dizzying final twist.
Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer—celebrated psychoanalyst—is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings—to be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance.
Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta’s Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the ‘animal people,’ so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed. . . .
Eliza Granville has had a life-long fascination with the enduring quality of fairytales and their symbolism, and the idea for Gretel and the Dark was sparked when she became interested in the emphasis placed on these stories during the Third Reich.
*My Book Review*
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This book is weird. Good weird, but weird none the less. Completely worth the time to sit down and get lost in it too.
I’m not really sure how to even start with this review. I loved most of the characters in this book, even though I couldn’t work out why there were, basically, two stories occurring concurrently but within different time frames. Trust me, by the end, it all melds together and makes complete sense. There were characters, also, that I completely hated, but that was because the author did such a good job of making them so believably bad, not because they were annoying or not substantial enough.
There seemed to be a certain ebb and flow with this novel. I found myself completely enchanted by it, or putting it down and not really enamored enough to want to pick it up again. Once more, I say to you, the reader, persevere! This book is really worth the wait.
Honestly, there isn’t much more I can add to this review – without giving things away, other than to say, pick this book up AND READ IT!
Overall, I am giving Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville 4 out of 5 stars!
About the Author
Eliza Granville currently lives in Bath. She has had a life-long fascination with the enduring quality of fairytales and their symbolism, and the idea for Gretel and the Dark was sparked when she became interested in the emphasis placed on these stories during the Third Reich.