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 who's appeared from the woods? Who is the man 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.
©2016 Dawn Kurtagich (P)2016 Hachette Audio
I eagerly read this book after having read - and thoroughly loved - Kurtagich's debut, "The Dead House." Both books are sufficiently creepy, with powerful language and stunning performances. Both move back and forth through time, with loose threads dangling at the end.
However, where "The Dead House" succeeded in shifting back and forth through time, "And the Trees Crept In" just left me thoroughly wrung out and confused. It shifts forward and back through time, almost like a fast-paced movie, with no way to know what is real and what is fantasy. The ending did make the middle make sense, but I almost didn't get there.
Polly Lee's performance actually MADE this book completely worth reading. Kurtagich's gift of language and poignant relationships couldn't completely carry this book.
It's a creepy, spooky story, including music and sound effects, well-performed... and yet it had too much of... something, and I'm not sure what.
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