It’s the start of the week, and the summer school holidays so no work for me, which means there’s more free time around. So what could be better than reading this weeks recommendation: ‘Tooth Fairy’ by Graham Joyce.
I read this book about 4years ago, whilst on holiday and was very impressed with how the story was told, and how it slowly got darker and darker reaching a climax that I’d never imagined at the start of the book.
This book has a somewhat fantasy element to the story: Sam and his friends are like any normal gang of normal young boys. Roaming wild around the outskirts of their car-factory town. Daring adults to challenge their freedom.
Until the day Sam wakes to find the Tooth Fairy sitting on the edge of his bed. Yet the tale also contains elements of horror, comedy and downright ridiculous in such good measures that you can’t help but get drawn into the story. And the biggest draw with this book, as the title would suggest is the ‘Tooth Fairy’ itself, equal parts wish grantor and sadist every scene that contains the creature is a truly nerve-racking experience once you reach the center point of the book.
The evolution of the ‘Tooth Fairy’ is so well done, and so gradual, that you don’t even realise things have taken a turn for the worse that is unlikely to stop until it’s too late to do anything about it- and unfortunately for the group of young boys this is exactly what has happened. However you always get a sense of unease when the fairy appears after its first description and if that didn’t do it the first real ‘act’ certainly will.
One of the real strengths of this book is the character work, as the main characters are all real enough fleshed out that you truly care about all of them and are genuinely interested in their stories and there well-being in this coming of age tale. The fact that this book uses mythology and horror to mask its coming of age story is a credit to the work that Graham Joyce has done, as he tells a scary story with moments of true dread that still manages to have enough caring and loving moments to make you feel nostalgic for your youth.
This is a book that deserves to be read- and with summer time arriving right now is there a better time?