And the Trees Crept In – Dawn Kurtagich

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too… –

I’m… speechless.

This was not at all what I was expecting. I read this basically in one sitting.

I think I had in my head that it would be along the lines of some Hansel and Gretel retelling, and I suppose it did share some elements of that. I actually thought this would be a thriller of sorts, judging by the cover and because I rarely remember a synopsis by the time I read a book. Boy, was I wrong.

The plot starts out slow and steady, elements of spookiness creeping in, a bit at a time, until things really start to ramp up and the pace increases ten-fold with new characters and memories and flash-backs.

I can’t say much without giving away a lot of it but the ending was so satisfying and left me wanting more. I almost want a closer to contemporary sequel just so I can read these same characters in a different context.

While this wasn’t a full five star read for me, I have no doubt that it will be for plenty of others.

Recommend me a book with a twist that floored you!


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