Haven’t done one of these in a while!
Imogen Sharp, as you can tell from the jacket copy, is not all she seems. This is a book about how we’re shaped by trauma, what we become to survive, and rescuing yourself in ways that defy the expectations placed on women.
So one of her songs is SJ Tucker’s “Girl Into Devil (I Belong To Me)”, which seems fitting because in another life Imogen could’ve been a fairytale girl. But prince charming is not always that, and real fairytales–not the Disney version–tend to come with blood.
Shouldering a rifle, more to prove with every breath, stolen fairytale girls make the difference between life and death. It all comes down to choices, but you've only the hard ones left, and so, all you can say is "I belong to me. Even now, even here."
As Tucker’s guitar begins, I can clearly see the silent snowy woods of Imogen’s home in Red Fox Lake, Yukon, the trees seeming to march forever, and I can feel the temperature as it drops and a storm approaches.
"Who do you belong to, little girl? Why do you wander in the deep, dark wood?" It's not an easy answer, I'm afraid. I may fit the story, but I'm up to no good.