Friday, 9 September 2016

Review: And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

And The Trees Crept In
by Dawn Kurtagich
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date:September 6th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
A stunning, terrifying novel about a house the color of blood and the two sisters who are trapped there, by The Dead House author Dawn Kurtagich

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt's home, it's immediately clear that the "blood manor" is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too--the questions that Silla can't ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that's appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.

With the Halloween season right around the corner, I was eager to get my creepy-read on with a new delicious horror story. When I came across And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich, it felt like a god-send. A tale about two sisters who are trapped in what can only be described as a cursed home, I was eager to finally dive into it's countless promised twists and turns, and couldn't wait to find out how it all began.

Having never read Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, another of her spooky titles, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from her. Some authors like to slowly introduce their readers into the world they've created, however others enjoy plunging the reader head-first in an added twist of thrill and suspense. Dawn Kurtagich did the latter, and I actually quite enjoyed the added thrill! Getting a feel for Silla and Nori proved difficult as first, but when the mystery and suspense grew thicker the further I moved into And The Trees Crept In, I felt more consumed on what to anticipate next. With that said, however, I felt that And The Trees Crept In hit a few sour notes for me. I, regrettably, lost interest with about a quarter of the title left, however found the title and it's conclusion to be quite satisfactory. Even so, I strongly feel that other readers of the horror genre should give it a try.

3 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Not every book works for everyone, so no shame. I'm glad you still wrote a review, though. It does sound like an interesting book. Will add it to my list!

  2. Great post this morning! And the trees crept in looks like a super creepy read!

  3. Ah - this looks so scary! Sounds like a great read for Halloween.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  4. It sounds like a perfect read for Halloween. I read The Dead House last year and I think it was quite alright. The format was quite skeptical though.