I really, really , really love Jen Campbell’s writing so when I heard she was releasing a short story collection, I snapped it up.
When I found out it was a series of ‘gruesome tales’ inspired by fairy tales from around the world, I was even more excited.
And let me tell you, this book did not disappoint my high expectations.
The Sister Who Ate Her Brothers is a beautiful and creepy collection of short stories that I devoured. Campbell’s writing was as captivating as ever and flourished with this subject matter. Every single story had her magic within it.
I usually try and pick out a favourite short story from collections like this but I am really struggling. I genuinely loved them all. If I had to choose, it would be a toss up between The House That Was Filled With Ghosts (an enthralling tale from Japan with ghosts, tea and dancing), The Husband Who Cheated Death (a tale from Egypt with a twist that made me laugh out loud) or The Woman and the Glass Mountain (this Spanish story has had a few changes made by Jen Campbell and is all the more magical for it). While they are all really quite different, they are astonishingly well written and I keep picking up the book to re-read passages from these three.
If the writing wasn’t magical enough, you would definitely get swept up in the accompanying illustrations from Adam de Souza. They are delightfully creepy, adding another layer to Campbell’s superb writing. I particularly love some of the art work from The Son of Seven Mothers!
While I devoured this quickly , I know I will be coming back to this again and again over the years.
It’s most definitely a new fave!