by John Connolly
Dark, twisted, and lots of fun, this fairy tale for grown ups is beautifully written, with rich characters and a truly scary villain. David, still reeling from his mother's death, isolates himself in his attic bedroom surrounded by his books, which begin to whisper to him. Fans of Pan's Labyrinth will recognize the creepiness that overshadows the narrative as elements of fantasy begin to bleed through into the real world. When David climbs through a hole in the garden wall, he finds himself in a dangerous fantasy realm, pursued by the terrifying Crooked Man. Naturally, a quest must follow. This coming of age story will stay with you long after you turn the final page.