(reblogged from Alexandra’s Adventures on Booklikes)
- 2 Cups original imagination from an obvious talent
- 1 Cup Grimm’s Fairy Tales
- ½ Cup Incorrigible children like those from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
- 1 pinch each disgusting, gross and weird
- Fold in one plucky heroine, one missing grandfather, and one very mysteriously creepy book
- Season with atmospheric description and deliciously creepy writing
- Mix together and sprinkle lightly with gruesome details.
“On a desk in the room with the stained glass windows sat a book.
It was a thick volume with a worn and cracked black cover showing a gold symbol, a rectangle within two circles that sparkled and flickered as if teased by ghostly fingers. Voices whispered from inside the book, growing in volume, a few human, a few not.”
Poor Eliza has a dreary mother, one of those practical sorts who doesn’t allow things like imagination and curiosity. I already know I don’t like her much. But perhaps she does have reasons for this sad flaw.
Twelve year old Eliza has come with her parents to clean out her grandfather’s house and catalog things of value. As her grandfather is missing this seems a bit odd and perhaps slightly premature.
As Eliza reads some of the stories in The Book of Kindly Deaths there are clues these might not be simply stories. Including a strange memory she has of the last visit to her grandparent’s home six years before when she was only six.
“The phantom of a forgotten memory crossed her mind. A ghost of an event that had occurred the last time she was at this house. Although the recollection was fleeting, she still felt an icy sting of dread.”
After Eliza, and we the readers, are treated to some tales from The Book of Kindly Deaths, where we learn a bit about the denizens of a place full of nightmarish creatures called Grimwytch, Eliza comes to be in immediate danger and finds herself in Grimwytch. There she finds both villains and allies, and learns what happened to her grandfather.