Emotional, magical, absolutely beautiful.
A fairy tale told in a comparatively modern setting, this book left me in tears grabbing the edge of my blanket.
I kept wondering when the reality ends and fantasy begins. I felt forever at the cliff, waiting for that fall, but never falling. Surreal. I loved the prose, the setting, the background melting into the present and escaping years into the future without making me blink twice.
Smooth transition between each phase of life, a perfect visualisation of a cabin, a childless couple, a child from the fairy tales, a boy who unexpectedly becomes a significant part of the story.
The secondary characters are enjoyable too. The narrative never turns dreary despite the sadness in the overall theme.
I enjoyed the change in dialogue presentation whenever the girl was present. No use of quotation marks made the differentiation of thought and verbal communication clear and added an air of fantasy. Amazing.
4.5 stars for a fantastic fusion of several versions of the fairy tale on The Snow Maiden into this beautiful book. The ending left me with some questions and a little dissatisfaction of not knowing if the possibilities I assumed were correct. Hence the .5.
P.S. As Sarah pointed out, the unreliable narration worked well in the book. I believe I must update my review. It’s just that I was so hooked, I strongly felt that a conclusive ending would have given me some satisfaction. It’s this particular story where I couldn’t appreciate the equal possibility of a tragedy versus a hopeful future. It’s a compliment to the author, of course.