by Graham Joyce
Published July 10th 2012 by Doubleday (first published June 21st 2012)
It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery.
He arrives at his parents’ house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family have, unspoken, assumed that she was dead. Now she’s back, tired, dirty, disheveled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent travelling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim.
But her stories don’t quite hang together and once she has cleaned herself up and got some sleep it becomes apparent that the intervening years have been very kind to Tara. She really does look no different from the young woman who walked out the door twenty years ago. Peter’s parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter and his best friend Richie, Tara’s one time boyfriend, are not so sure. Tara seems happy enough but there is something about her. A haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it’s as if she’s off with the fairies. And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family…
I wanted to like this story, and for a little while I did, but it didn’t last. The story was slow, I kept wanting something to happen. I kept trying to grasp what was going on for most of the story. There were almost no happy parts; I don’t really enjoy books with no happy parts.
Some Kind Of Fairy Tale has lots of graphically described sex scenes, especially when Tara talks about Fairy. They added pretty much nothing to the story.
I would not recommend this story. Even if you like Fairy Tales or books about Fairies, this just wasn’t all that good. I would not have wasted my time reading this book had I known what would happen in it and how it would end.
I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.