“Stories are important… They can be more important than anything. If they carry the truth.”
The idea behind this book came from Siobhan Dowd who ran out of time to write it when she passed away in 2007. Patrick Ness was – in his own words from the Author’s Note – ‘handed the baton’ to create a story from it. He then passes the baton on to the reader because ‘stories don’t end with the writers.’
This is important, especially to a story like this one that appears as a modern day fairy tale. It holds a nugget of truth that can be passed on and passed down through generations as all good fairy tales do. And as explored throughout the book, the truth can be much scarier than anything else you might encounter on a dark and stormy night.