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.
And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Picked up as a spooky Halloween read, And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich and featured as our bookcast book of the month, this was an amazingly horrifying novel that left you feeling sad and hopeful at the end. It was extremely well written, with amazing characters and a shockingly fantastic plot, the book doubles as a mystery as you try to piece together pieces of information you didn’t even realize were clues to begin with.
Silla is our protagonist and she just goes through so much. Trying to protect her family, protect her sister, figure out what is happening to her Aunt Cath, if she can trust mysterious stranger Gowan, if WW3 actually broke out. It is overwhelming the amount of issues Silla takes on as her responsibilities and troubles. Knowing there is a food shortage, she physically refuses to eat, giving all the food she finds to younger sister Nori who is disfigured thanks to the abusive household they escaped. I could go on for hours about Silla and all of the characters (and have, just listen to the bookcasts) but the development and complexity of each is amazing. Enough to say that even the characters that had limited lines in the book were well-developed and thought out, leaving me wanting a prequel.
Now, the story itself was amazing. The way Kurtagich thought things through and planned the entire tale from the start to end blew me away. Everything written in the story serves multiple purposes. To creep the reader out, to backup the ending, to move everything in a circular/cyclical manner, all of the devices take on more than one role. The genius of the story, however, is that it leaves you chilled to the bone, scared, and hopefully all at the same time once you reach the ending.
Pacing was amazing. Never was there a spot where I thought this is boring, let me check the internet out. It was the opposite. I was upset when I needed to stop reading for the bookcast because I just wanted to devour the entire book in one go. It was perfectly paced.
If you’re looking for a book that will scare you in a creepy way, but will also let you sleep at night once it’s over, please do yourself a favor and pick up And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. Then, come listen to our bookcast on it!