Title: The Lost Storyteller
Author: Amanda Block
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 3.96
Rebecca can hardly remember her father Leo Sampson. All she knows is that he was a beloved children’s television star who disappeared when she was just six years old, and her family have managed very well without him thank you very much.
But when Ellis, a journalist, turns up at Rebecca’s office asking for information about Leo, she begins to wonder if there is more to the story of her father’s disappearance than her family have led her to believe.
Then Rebecca is given a book of seven fairy tales, written by Leo, dedicated to his daughter. And through the magic of each of these stories, Rebecca has the chance to get one step closer to the lost storyteller, her father, to discover who he was and what he went through – and even where he might be now . . .
THE LOST STORYTELLER celebrates the magic of forgotten fairy tales and the power and resilience of imagination.
I’d like to thank NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for approving me for an ARC of this book.
Our story begins with Rebecca being quizzed about her missing father by the handsome journalist, Ellis. Since Rebecca was a young child she has not seen him and no one in her family ever talks about him but when her nan gives her a gift, that was sent to her by her father, Rebecca’s interest grows.
Whilst reading through the fairy tales left to her by her father, Rebecca starts to unravel his story and learn why her father left her all those years ago. She enlists the help of Ellis and starts to track down people from his past, some of whom have rather harsh things to say about him.
I was intrigued by Leo’s story from the start and wanted to know what had happened to him and if Rebecca would find him again. It soon became clear that Rebecca was only hearing one side of the story and I desperately wanted to see her get the answers to all of her questions.
I adored the fairy tales and the hidden meanings behind them, it felt like Rebecca and Ellis were on a treasure hunt and that really gave the story a unique edge. The darkness described throughout out depicted mental health issues perfectly and showed the many ways it can manifest itself. From Leo’s mother to the difficulties he faced himself, this story gave a fresh take on a apt situation.
The Lost Storyteller is a cleverly written, magical book that beautifully entwines fairy tales with the modern world. I’m excited to see what Amanda block writes next!