The Icarus Girl is a story about 8-year old Jess Harrison. The only child of a Nigerian-born author mother and a white English father, Jess has encounter with her twin, a doppelganger named Tilly-Tilly. The novel is written by English-Nigerian author Helen Oyeyemi. It is a dark tale of good and evil, magic, ghost, cultures; parent and child relationships and the human psyche.
The novel is slow-paced, but much of a good read if you love the stories of the Grimm Brothers and stories about ghost and the supernatural. The story has a little slant about Jess’s growning up when she has a final battle with Tilly-Tilly. When you read The Icarus Girl, you’ll be moved by Jess and a potpourri of Characters that are in the novel. I was a bit disappointed that the novel’s ending left me hanging.
Although a near-miss by first-shot author Helen Oyeyemi, this is one book that you can’t afford to overlook.
My Rating: B+