This is my second foray into the story universe of Grisha, after The Too-Clever Fox. It is also the latest of the dark fantasy stories I've been reading of late. A dark retelling of Hansel & Gretel, but mainly focuses on Gretel Nadya - her brother and father does not feature much in most of the story.
The prose is lovely, dark and creepy - worth a read. There is a plot twist,
but unexpected mainly due to lack of foreshadowing rather than clever manipulation of the reader's perception.(show spoiler)
But it is, after all, a novelette of short length, and as such allowances has to be made.