Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce
Twenty years ago Tara Martin disappeared. Her family was crushed but mostly accepted that she was gone. On Christmas Day as the Martin’s sit down to eat their Christmas goose there is a knock at the door. A young woman is standing there. Tara has finally come home. But is it Tara? This girl looks exactly as Tara did when she disappeared, but then she should look 36, not 16. Tara is reluctant to tell her family the truth about where she has been, but eventually she does. She accepted a ride on a white horse from a stranger in the woods twenty years ago and they made the crossing together. Once there she realized that she was a long way from home and asked to return, but the man told her the crossing wouldn’t be possible for another six months. She returned as soon as she could, but time works differently there. Six months there was twenty years here.
Needless to say everyone has a difficult time believing Tara’s story. Where has she been for twenty years? Does she really think anyone will believe she’s been with the fairy folk? Can her psychiatrist break through this complex delusion to find the truth? Where has Tara been?
Great both on audio and print – I kept switching back and forth to see what happened next! I also loved The Silent Land and this author is now permanently on my must read list.