The Beginning Woods
A MYSTERY NO ONE CAN SOLVE The Vanishings started without warning. People disappearing into thin air - just piles of clothes left behind. Each day, thousands gone without a trace. A BABY NO ONE WANTED Max was abandoned in a bookshop and grows up haunted by memories of his parents. Only he can solve the mystery of the Vanishings. A SECRET THAT COULD SAVE THE FUTURE To find the answers, Max must leave this world and enter the Beginning Woods. A realm of magic and terror, life and death. But can he bear the truth - or will it destroy him? A STORY THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO ANOTHER WORLD Greater than your dreams. Darker than your fears. Full of more wonder than you could ever desire. Welcome to the ineffable Beginning Woods...
McNeill has created a fabulous universe packed full of wonder and terror. The Beginning Woods has earned its place on a shelf with Gormenghast and The Princess Bride. I loved every word and was envious of quite a few. It opened my eyes wide and quickened my heart. A modern classic rich, funny and terrifying Eoin Colfer Highly original and beguiling debut that promises magic, terror and the dark menace of fairytales The Bookseller You'll finish this book and I feel like you've woken from a deep, refreshing sleep full of incredible, slightly unsettling, breathtaking dreams and your life in the real world will never be quite the same again -- Zoe Toft Playing by the Book Complex, playful, philosophical, with mysterious vanishings and censorship of dreams Imogen Russell Williams The writing is fabulous. It has a fairytale quality to it... an Alice in Wonderland feel to it Between the Bookends (blog) The world is incredible, and highly fascinating. It's weird, peculiar, scary but so so so charming! Where are the books? (blog) Watch out for this one, it'll take you by surprise. Completely brilliant from the first chapter, I was quickly hooked and immersed into this fantastical world... An absolutely captivating debut that'll have you reading late into the night Askew's Children's Newsletter Captivates with its wealth of ideas and multilayered plot Debutliteratur It's the fantastical characters and details, which make this book so compelling Tages-Anzeiger
Malcolm McNeill was born in England in 1976 and grew up in Scotland. Since then he has travelled widely in the world, but recently decided it would be best to return to his roots. The Beginning Woods is his first book.