Alice has spent most of her life moving from place to place with her mother to escape the ‘bad luck’ -as her mother calls it- that always seems to follow them no matter where they go. Though Alice never knew her grandmother, the woman wrote a dark fairytale book Tales of the Hinterland years ago that has amassed a cultish following. When Alice’s mother is kidnapped by someone claiming to be from the Hinterland, the bad luck takes a turn for the worse. Teaming up with a fellow classmate and Hinterland fan, Ellory Finch, Alice embarks on a journey to find the hinterland and her mother. But she may find more than she goes looking for.
Melissa Albert spins a dark story with fairy tales unlike the ones you grew up with as a child. I was initially drawn in by the air of mystery around certain characters and how the author jumps into the story. For those who enjoy The Hazel Wood, there are two more books in the series, one of which is the actual Tales from the Hinterland.