Jackson Pearce’s latest offering, SWEETLY, is a companion to 2010’s SISTERS RED, a dark, twisted retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. While you could say this is Pearce’s version of Hansel and Gretel, that’s too dismissive. This is a cleverly rendered mystery starring two siblings running from their past who cross paths with a candy maker and a woodsman. Okay, that sounds like Hansel and Gretel. But here’s why it’s better.
Gretchen and Ansel have left Washington because their stepmother has had enough of them. Their father is dead, their mother passed away, and long before that, they found themselves in the woods as children, along with Gretchen’s twin sister. Al