[ARC courtesy of NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]
This novel was a delightful read, with enchanting prose that kept me enthralled—not too little description, not too much, and lyrical enough without diving head-first into purple prose. It was permeated with an eerie atmosphere, and there was something definitely haunting to that world encroached upon by nature and strange creatures from the woods. The latter were appealing, intriguing, making me thinkg that I, too, would want to see what was hidden in them. And I enjoyed the depiction of “sorcery”, the concept of knitting spells and/or creatures sent to do one’s bidding. I don’t think I’ve seen that in a story yet, so it was quite new for me, and I found the idea interesting, even though it didn’t turn out as it was meant at first.
I appreciated how women in general were shown here as people with the power to choose. Even though at first, some may seem powerless, drawn into an unwanted existence, or used as pawns, in the end, they want to exert their own power of choosing, and don’t hesitate to state it. Marni doesn’t necessarily know where she’s going, but at least she knows she doesn’t want someone else to decide for her. She could’ve given in easily to pressure.(show spoiler)
Marni’s also a character who grows up and learns. She’d have had many opportunities and reasons to enact revenge on those who failed and/or hurt her, but she didn’t act with too much haste, she pondered her decisions, and she seemed to me like a level-headed enough person.
The one thing that prevented me from liking this book more was how it kept meandering after a while, as if Marni’s thoughts were somewhat running in circles. It left me feeling that there was little sense of urgency to the story, that things “happened” in a slow way, and not to the extent they should’ve been happening.(show spoiler)
So the story was beautiful, but there were a few moments when I wished it would go a tad bit faster.
3.5 stars. In spite of my qualms, this is a book I’d recommend.