Path of Needles Paperback – 9 May 2013
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'A great page-turner and by the time I reached the last quarter of the book, I absolutely could not put it down ... This will appeal to fans of both horror and crime, and on the strength of this sophomore novel, Littlewood is going to be very big indeed' British Fantasy Society. (British Fantasy Society)
'Fairy godmothers have been ditched in favour of horrific murders with little left to the imagination when it comes to gore' SciFi Now. (SciFi Now)
'Path of Needles retains the elements of her first novel that were so successful, the crisp prose and perfect pacing chief among them' ThisIsHorror.co.uk. (ThisIsHorror.co.uk)
'I loved Path of Needles. Dark but satisfying like the best chocolate' Elly Griffiths, author of The Woman in Blue. This British Fantasy Award nominated book is perfect for fans of S J Watson and Stephen King.See all Product Description
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The book centres on two women, Cate, an ambituous police constable and Alice, a university lecturer specialising in fairy tales. When a serial killer begins to leave victims posed like fairy tale characters, Cate, temporarily attached to the enquiry and desperate for a chance to move on, goes out on a limb to involve Alice in the investigation. Soon, though, she begins to have doubts. Alice, meanwhile, is conscious of danger as the stories she loves, but which have always been safely trapped in books, become real. And what does the mysterious blue bird signify? All Alice's stories exist in multiple, variant texts, and once you start to interpret them - or to interpret real events in light of them - it seems as though there are no rules, as though anything goes.
I enjoyed the way that Littlewood captures both main characters, including the rivalries and undercurrents among the police, Cate's desire to get on in her career and her relationship with her old mentor. There's a strong thread in the book, playing, of course, into the overt fairytale them, of parent-child relationships (good and bad) especially mothers and daughters. The book walks a narrow line between becoming merely a police procedural and tipping over into the outright weird. We always suspect there may be more here than a serial killer, yet at the same time the crimes are explored as crimes and aren't inexplicable.Read more ›
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Easy read with an interesting concept and the variants on well know fairy stories were fascinating. But I just didn't get along with this at all. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ruby
Read this within a day, a real page turner. Would definitely recommend this as it is different from your average serial killer novelPublished 20 months ago by Ann-Marie Knegt
I bought A Cold Season in Tesco's. I bought this book in The Works. Which is a shame, because in many ways this is a better book than Alison Littlewood's first book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Law Tech
The best book i have read for a while. I only chose this because i had read alisons first book "a cold season" which again was a book i couldn't put down. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2014 by sandytiny
Enjoyed this very much even though it's not my usual kind of stuff. Will keep her in mind now when I'm looking for a good read.Published on 12 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
The writing style was clumsy and there were errors which should have been picked up during the editing process.
Read this for my book group.
I won't be recommending it.
At some points I thought I might give up but I did stick with and I am glad I did ..it gives some interesting insight to fairy tales which we all assume we know about ...Published on 11 Oct. 2013 by Lucy L. Nield
There is a bit of a 'thing' about the re-telling of fairy tales at the moment, and this book sits nicely in that realm - but with a twist... Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2013 by Sooz