In Darkling Wood was a compelling read. It is the first book by Emma Carroll that I have read but I am keen to read more as I love historical fiction. This book flips between the past and present and really draws you in as you want to know what all the connections are between the different characters in the book. It also touches on a range of themes that I really enjoyed, including family relationships and conservation. There is also a touch of magic which I loved. The writing is captivating and there is lots of detail and the characters are all really likeable too. The ending is great and was quite a surprise to me. Some readers might not enjoy switching to between the past and the present so much, especially at first as it can get a little confusing, but I found that this added to the mystery. I would really recommend this book and this author to bookworms aged between 9 and 12 years old.
Katharina, age 10, Leeds, UK