Nothing to Fear, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


For Ginny, the new house represents a new start: a room of her own where she can research her book on the psychology of fairytales and recover from a bitter divorce.

The last thing she's looking for is romance. But her young neighbour breaks down her defences. Sean cooks her delicious meals and rescues her from a drunken attack by her ex-husband.

His only eccentricity is the locked room in his house that he forbids her to enter.

It can't contain anything sinister, can it? Ginny can't resist finding out. But when she opens the door, she is propelled into a horror story, rather than a fairytale.


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I enjoyed this more than anything I've read for quite a long time.D'Ancona's touch is light, his characterisation not so much of the players, but of their activities draws on personal experience in academia and journalism, but never to the point of making one yawn.His ideas about fairy tales, fear and freedom are interesting and intelligent, and the story has pace. Indeed, as others have noted, it finishes well before the end, but is so readable that that doesn't really matter.I hope he enjoyed writing it, and I hope he has another go; I'll certainly try anything else he comes up with.

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