reading the true deceiver was like falling into a rabbit hole. i was instantly lost in it's crisp white cold menacing village and all the twists and turns in the minds of it's characters. so very different from the summer book and the moomins you may already know, this is a dark story full of tension and unexpected events.
a favorite paragraph:
"Evenings in the village were very quiet, just the barking of a mongrel dog or two. Everyone was at home having dinner, and there were lights in every window. As usual, it snowed. The roofs had heavy overhangs of snow, the paths tramped into snow during the day went white again, and the hard-packed banks on either side grew higher and higher. Inside the snow banks were deep, narrow tunnels where the children had dug hideouts for themselves during thaws. And outside stood their snowmen, snowhorses, formless shapes with teeth and eyes of bits of tin and coal. When the next hard freeze came, they poured water over these sculptures so they'd harden to ice."