My rating: 4 stars
Gone are the days when I never pondered picking up a graphic novel. Nowadays I know that I can enjoy them, as long as they feature some of the characteristics that I relish – splashes of colour, elaborate drawings, and panels in an array of sizes and formats. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll caught my attention because of its mix of bright and dark colours and the promise of it being unnerving. In general, it really lived up to my expectations
This graphic novel is more of a collection of short stories, which all have in common being spooky and presenting a storyline that encompasses a forest. It starts with an eerie introduction where readers are warned that, at night, there may be something hidden beneath our beds. The following five stories carry on conveying the frightening feeling crafted during the presentation.
My favourite tale was ‘A Lady’s Hands Are Cold’. It tells the story of a girl who married the man she was promised to by her father. She went to live at his manor house, where at night she could hear a singing voice escaping from the walls. I particularly appreciated the melancholic and alarming atmosphere present throughout, as well as the colours used in the evocative illustrations. Continue reading