The Tunnels Below is a zippy and captivating read, full of cliffhanger chapter endings and inventive fantasy elements. Reminiscent of Alice's adventures in Wonderland, Cecilia is pulled into a dreamlike world, with quirky twists and turns around every corner. Nadine Wild-Palmer's imagination is big and surprising and a joy to enter.
This is an impressive debut by Nadine Wild-Palmer, usually heard on Channel 4 in her day job as a continuity announcer. She has a tremendous imagination — I loved meeting the weird and wonderful creatures in this fantasy land. Sure, her writing still feels rather raw in places and needs a good prune, but her ideas cut deep and I look forward to going on her next adventure.
It’s hugely imaginative, and Wild-Palmer manages to keep the plot moving alongside intriguing descriptions of bizarre, quirky characters and customs. A message about the importance of standing up to oppression is delivered with a light touch and this is a fresh, original and enjoyable addition to the canon of hidden-world adventures.