Book review: John Connolly spirits us back into dark fairy tale world

Captivating follow up to The Book of Lost Things revisits themes of time, mortality and the power of storytelling via the shady path of society’s subconscious

Author John Connolly: ‘We’re beings of tale and fable. We exist as narratives. This is how we understand the world’

Back in 2006, John Connolly took a break from his marvellous Charlie Parker detective series to try something different. The Book of Lost Things was about a young boy called David, escaping from the grief of his mother’s death into a world of fairy tales. In the land of Elsewhere, he faced down the Crooked Man. Was it all in his head, or had he actually passed into another dimension? The story never made it ...