Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Age Group: Adult
Publication Date: 6th February 2014
Number of Pages: 368
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Eliza Granville’s use of dark and descriptive vocabulary was addictive and spellbinding to read however I constantly found myself falling in and out of appreciation for this story. At times I was hooked to the story development for both main female characters, Krysta and Lilie, but then at other times I felt the story was stagnant for a series of chapters.
This story came into its own though at around 70% when the two narratives and time periods started to parallel in content and the plot twist that links to two together is revealed. It is this plot twist which has made this review so hard to write as my reservations and dislikes within the first 70% of the book are reasoned and almost void with the understanding gained from the last 30%.
I was certainly glad I continued reading this book, after almost putting it down 2-3 times. If you’re not used to adult descriptive writing and vague characters descriptions then you might find this book isn’t right for you. However, for those looking for an adult version of The Book Thief with a darker tone, then Gretel and the Dark might be the book for you!