The Treachery of Beautiful Things

Ruth Frances Long / Children's

Book cover

UK Publisher

Dial (Penguin)

Date Published

September 6th, 2012

The trees swallowed her brother whole and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen she revisits the woods where Tom was taken resolving to say goodbye at last. Instead she is lured into the trees where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils.


Delicious and wonderfully romantic…Lyrical prose, along with highly imaginative and descriptive phrasing, makes the forest setting–and its creatures and people–immediately present and sparked with magic

- Booklist Online

Entrapment in a faerie forest has never been so delectable…A worthy, memorable read (with movie potential)

- Kirkus Reviews

A dazzle of strange creatures, unknowable motives, and threat….Each scene is vividly, often horrifically imagined.

- Publishers Weekly

A heady atmosphere of folk tales, suspenseful terror, and passionate romance


[The] malice that underlies the world’s beauty plays out the title to the fullest and adds a substantial bit of true gruesomeness to what is already a suspenseful story


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