A captivating andatmospheric historical novel about a young girl in Nazi Germany, apsychoanalyst in fin-de-siècle Vienna, and the powerful mystery that links themtogether
Gretel and the Dark explores good and evil, hope anddespair, showing how the primal thrills and horrors of the stories we learn aschildren can illuminate the darkest moments in history, in two rich,intertwining narratives that come together to form one exhilarating,page-turning read.
In 1899 Vienna, celebrated psychoanalyst Josef Breuer isabout to encounter his strangest case yet: a mysterious, beautiful woman whoclaims to have no name, no feelings—to be, in fact, a machine. Intrigued, hetries to fathom the roots of her disturbance.
Years later, in Nazi-controlled Germany, Krysta plays alonewhile her papa works in the menacingly strange infirmary next door. Young,innocent, and fiercely stubborn, she retreats into a world of fairy tales,unable to see the danger closing in around her. When everything changes and thereal world becomes as frightening as any of her stories, Krysta finds that herimagination holds powers beyond what she could ever have guessed.
Rich, compelling, and propulsively building to a dizzyingfinal twist, Gretel and the Dark is a testament to the lifesaving powerof the imagination and a mesmerizingly original story of redemption.