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When a mother goes to desperate measures to keep her daughter away from a troubled man Sela finds it’s time to step in… A woman commits the ultimate act of betrayal in order to protect her child but soon finds her actions have caused a horrifying chain of events and proves that too much meddling will only lead to tragedy.

The story begins in the modern day as a mother grows increasingly unsure of the actions of her teenage daughter towards her somewhat older step-brother. He is encouraging her to use drugs and when her mother intervenes she makes it clear she suspects him of wrongdoing. She arranges for her step-son to be murdered in a "gangland style robbery" but Sela shows up with the book first and tells her that she should read the Juniper Tree fairy tale. In this Clarinda is equally enamored with her step-brother, who is described as a philanderer and thief. Following somewhat with the usual story when she finds out that the too plan to run away she decapitates him. When the daughter finds out the truth from a bird at the juniper tree where he is buried, she hangs herself. Back in the modern day the mother calls off her plan, but her daughter eventually overdoses and dies. Sela is left wondering what has gone wrong as it was not the ending she was expecting.

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This issue stands against the usual pattern which I hold for this series, in that generally the more relevant the modern setting and the truer interpretation of the fairy tale makes for a better issue.  In this case though the modern story is kind of far-fetched and the fairy tale is quite different (though to be honest I had never heard of this fairy tale before and had to look it up.)  The issue tells the story both in modern day and in the fairy tale of a step brother and step sister who are ...

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