Thursday 26 December 2019

Book Review: You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce (Mystery/Magical Realism/Dark Fairytale)

Title: You Let Me In
Author: Camilla Bruce

Publication Date: 5 March 2020
eBook - PDF
Mystery/Magical Realism/Dark Fairytale
ARC via NetGalley


The eccentric, infamous and exceedingly wealthy romantic novelist Cassandra Tipp has vanished.

But she has left behind what seems to be a letter. Everyone knows Cassie has twice been accused of murder. Her family have long been convinced of her guilt. Could this be her confession? Or her last will and testament?

It turns out to be not quite what anyone expected. For the letter recounts two extraordinary, darkly disturbing stories.

One is the story of bloody nights and magical gifts, of children lost to the woods, of husbands made from twigs and leaves and sticks and stones..

The other is the story of a little girl who was cruelly treated and who grew crooked in the shadows...

But which story should we believe? Both stories might be true. Both stories end in murder.

And where is Cassie now? Dead in a ditch, or gone from this world . . . and into another?

You Let Me In is an extraordinary tale of supernatural seduction and the story of an abused child. Crossing the boundaries between the reality and somewhere else entirely, we are shown our world - judgemental and cruel - and offered glimpses of another, dark and rather different place that is hidden to most of us. 

You Let Me In is a captivating read. Part dark fairytale, part mystery, it treads an intriguing line that lets the reader decide for themselves which version of the story to believe. The story and characters caught my interest right from the start and held it throughout. As I was reading I thought I would love to see Guillermo del Toro make a movie based on this story. It would look stunning! Prose-wise, this was easy reading with a hint of fairytale style about it. I would certainly read more from this author in the future, especially works in a similar vein. 4.5 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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