Benedick Hunter is a failure. A divorced father and unemployed actor sunk in self-pity, his life takes a new direction when he finds a book of his dead mother’s fairy-tales in which real people and events from a tragic past seem to be depicted. Hunter embarks on a bizarre and darkly comic quest which takes him and his small son Cosmo to America – to the heart of parenthood, manic depression, fairy-tales and love.
Reviews of In a Dark Wood
‘An intelligent and gripping novel. Wonderful, page-turning storytelling.’The Times
‘Exhibits the same incisiveness and intelligence as her acclaimed A Vicious Circle. Witty and disturbing, it is a novel of both accomplishment and charm.’ Daily Mail
‘A book within a book, a rich plot with plenty of on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, an abundance of quirky but believable character…’In A Dark Wood’ is an elegant anti-fairy tale for adults that keeps you guessing until the last few pages.’Daily Express
‘An eerie novel full of fairy-tale menace…beguilingly told and hypnotic.’ Independent on Sunday