Fay Weldon's novel is masterfully envisioned in the audio adaptation. This success is in the main due to a skillful and powerful reading by Patricia Hodge.
Hodge brings to life this tale of Ruth, an unattrative housewife who seeks revenge on both her husband and the new object of his affection, the successful romance novelist Mary Fisher.
The novel plays upon the transformation of the two female characters as Ruth molds herself into a she devil, a tool with which to reek her fury upon the world, and as a result Mary's world crumbles about her, the fairy castle becoming tarnished and unlovely.
At times harrowing, Weldon's work portrays the desperate plight of the unwanted and the undesirable, and the satisfaction of destruction.