Times Children’s Book of the Week, 15 June 2019
“If you go into the woods, Old Crony will get you.” Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster… What lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to discover the truth, but when night falls without warning they find themselves trapped in a nightmare. Lost in the woods, strange dangers and impossible puzzles lurk in the shadows. As time plays tricks, can Charlie solve this mystery and find a way out of the woods? But what if this night never ends…? A timeless novel for anyone who’s ever felt lost.
“Rarely does an author have the courage to explain the metaphysics of time with crystal clarity in a book pitched at children as young as eight.” Alex O’Connell, The Times
“It isn’t every day that a novel for 8-12 year-olds reminds you of TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, Dante’s Inferno and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. There’s a dash of The Twilight Zone in there too, plus a hint of the Wild Wood from The Wind In The Willows…” Tony Bradman, Guardian Review