Some fairy tales are born of dreams . . . and some are born of nightmares.
'I loved Path of Needles. Dark but satisfying like the best chocolate' ELLY GRIFFITHS, bestselling author of The Postscript Murders
Chrissie Farrell is young, beautiful and about to be crowned Queen of the Dance. But on the evening of her triumph she is abducted and murdered, her body left for the police to find.
With no other clues, the disturbing way in which Chrissie's body has been posed has PC Cate Corbin at a loss - until university lecturer Alice Hyland is called in. An expert on fairy tales, Alice quickly notices a connection between the murder and an obscure version of Snow White.
When a second body is found, Alice is dragged further into the investigation - and only then realises that she is becoming a suspect.
'Psychologically complex hybrid of magical realism and police procedural' Publishers Weekly
Now Alice must fight, not just to prove her innocence, but to protect herself: because the body count is growing and it's looking like she might be next . . .
Trails of corpses, not bread crumbs, lead to terror in this captivating, psychologically complex hybrid of magical realism and police procedural from Littlewood (A Cold Season). When the body of 15-year-old Chrissie Farrell is found in the woods outside Ryhill, England, a crown placed on the dead girl's head and other odd details remind Police Constable Cate Corbin of the Snow White fairy tale. Cate enlists the dubious aid of folklore lecturer Alice Hyland to discover the killer's motives. Subsequent murders mirror other folkloric motifs, and Cate and Alice struggle to decipher the moral and behavioral factors linking victims to their mythic archetypes. Can Cate stop an inventive murderer in a world suddenly turned irrational by the possible existence of supernatural forces? Is the bluebird mysteriously communicating with Alice a herald of inspiration or a harbinger of death? Crisp pacing and assured prose lend authenticity to a self-referential thriller that questions our values and the stories that define us.