And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Young Adult, Supernatural Horror + Romantic Horror
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Overall Rating: 4.5 stars
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. This is a standalone.
AND THE TREE’S CREPT IN is a dark, creepy, and thrilling read that will keep you hanging the entire way through. What you think is going on… It’s not…. And the ending of this book will shock you. WOW. I haven’t read a good horror novel in so long and Dawn Kurtagich really gave me something to be excited about with this one. It’s also the type of book that nightmares are made out of. Dawn adds these poems and creepy sayings throughout the book as well that really add to the creep factor. AND the cover?? It just says all of this without words. Anyway, this is a really great book and I am so glad I ended up reading it. Now I can’t wait to read THE DEAD HOUSE (her debut novel) but I am waiting for the month of October, just in time for Halloween. Soooooo…. The $10 I spent on this one… WORTH IT.
And the Trees Crept In starts off with Silla running through the forest with her little sister on her back to get to her aunt’s house. The way it starts off like this makes it immediately clear that something is terribly wrong and all that is sinister will slowly develop throughout the story. I don’t want to say too much about plot because really, this is the type of book that you just need to read for yourself. But I will say that Silla is one of those characters/narrators that you aren’t sure whether to believe or not. She is not “twisted” in an outwardly way but the things that she sees and hear make you wonder whether they are actually happening. Kind of like the narrator in The Tell Tale Heart, but on a totally different level. She is just plain unreliable… Or is she??? The secondary characters in this novel really bring the book to life and readers will look forward to learning more about Crazy Aunt Cathy and Silla’s sister, Nori. The setting is also absolutely perfect for this story as it takes place in a very old and decrepit mansion in the woods, standing all by itself. YIKES! Finally, the author adds vivid detail on the setting really making you feel like you are not only in this creepy mansion but inside Silla’s head as well.
Overall, this is an extremely well written and totally creepy novel that will leave you gasping the whole way though. There are times where I personally felt anxiety and this hasn’t happened when reading a scary book in a LONG time. Given all this, I would definitely recommend picking up this book. It’s fairly fast paced and you won’t have a hard time sitting down and finishing it all in one night.
4.5 Pretty Little Stars