Fairies, photography, ghosts, woods and a heart transplant. Yep, that’s In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll

Book Reviews, children's books, Writing


When a heart transplant is suddenly availiable for her younger brother Theo, Alice is packed off to stay with her mysterious grandmother in her house in the middle of the woods. Her grandmother is determined to cut it down – but no one else wants her to; including, Alice’s new friend Flo says, the fairies. But can the fairies possibly be real? And why is it that FloΒ doesn’t seem to go to school? And will Theo be okay? And what secrets are hidden in the house?

Not until coming to write this did I realise how many plots are packed into this short book! In many ways it’s aΒ Tom’s Midnight Garden story; weaving the past and present, magic and mystery all together to tell a tale. And it does it really well; presenting modernity and the past with subtlety and intrigue.