Thursday Next is back for a second installment of adventure after the drama of The Eyre Affair. As this story opens, we find next dealing with the attention and fame that rescuing Jane Eyre brought her and also living happily with her husband, Landen Park-Laine. However, the peace is soon disrupted when a series of weird coincidences seem to be connected with attempts to have her killed. Then her husband disappears, only continuing to exist in Next's memory. On top that, the shady Goliath corporation are hot on her heels, trying to get her to return Jack Schitt from a Poe poem and her father wants her to help save the planet from imminent destruction ~ well, transformation into pink goo. However, will she manage? Well, the only way to find out is to get lost in Fforde's alternative Swindon. As silly as ever and packed full of puns, this is a must for any fans of the series.