The Mirk and Midnight Hour, by Jane Nickerson

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When I saw the press notes for Jane Nickerson's The Mirk and Midnight Hour, which describe the book as a "haunting love story and suspenseful thriller" inspired by the Tam Lin fairytale, I applauded the author's ambition. She was taking a risk: Tam Lin doesn't have the universal appeal of, say, Cinderella, plus there are already two extremely well-regarded YA versions out there (Pamela Dean's Tam Lin and Diana Wynne Jones's Fire and Hemlock). But once I started reading, I realized that while there are elements of Tam Lin scattered throughout Ms. . . .

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