Cassandra Tipp is dead…or is she?
After all, the notorious recluse and eccentric bestselling novelist has always been prone to flights of fancy – everyone in town remembers the shocking events leading up to Cassie’s infamous trial (she may have been acquitted, but the insanity defence only stretches so far).
Cassandra Tipp has left behind no body – just her massive fortune, and one final manuscript. Then again, there are enough bodies in her past – her husband Tommy Tipp, whose mysterious disembowelment has never been solved, and a few years later, the shocking murder-suicide of her father and brother.
Cassandra Tipp will tell you a story–but it will come with a terrible price. What really happened, out there in the woods–and who has Cassie been protecting all along? Read on, if you dare…
This was such a confusing read. I don’t even know whether I liked it or not. At times I almost gave up because some of the gruesome details are so distasteful. I can deal with the horrific bits just not the faerie feeding etc. These faeries are not Tinkerbell. They don’t wear pink and have gossamer wings. They are dark and creepy and evil and feed off people in order to sustain life (even though they are dead).
But then the writing is magical and poetic so I felt I had to keep reading. Actually about two-thirds of the way through (when you begin to understand a bit what’s going on) I began to enjoy it more. By the end you ask yourself whether the faeries are in fact real or did Cassie ‘invent’ them as a way of dealing with her childhood abuse. Is she mad or is everyone around her just horrible? At first I thought she was suffering multiple personality disorder but I don’t think that’s the case. I definitely lean towards the abuse definition but … what are those shadows at the end of the garden or hiding in the shrubbery? Are they watching me….?
I certainly think Camilla Bruce is one to watch. Would I read her next novel? Yes definitely.
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole for giving me the opportunity to read along with the other Pigeons and the author.