Gretel and the Dark is Eliza Granville's dazzling novel of
darkness, evil - and hope. It is suitable for fans of Markus
Zusak's The Book Thief and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth.
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 real world around her becomes as frightening as any
fairy tale, Krysta finds that her imagination holds powers beyond
what she could have ever guessed..."A powerful, terrifying story.
It is impossible not to find yourself racing through the pages.
Heartbreaking and heart-racing." (The Times). "Dark and intriguing
...a highly clever, original book". (Daily Mail). Eliza Granville
was born in Worcestershire and now lives in the Welsh Marches. 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.