And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published on September 6th 2016
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult
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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 review is long overdue, and what better time to post than October!! A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to review The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich, and I was impressed. It was a great debut novel. Also, Dawn Kurtagich is an amazingly sweet human being and I could hug her all day (if it wasn’t so creepy) and it was a pleasure to get to meet her at ALAAC 2016! Anyway, I was so excited to hear about this book, and was even more excited that she was continuing with writing in the horror/paranormal/suspense genres. But with And the Trees Crept In (I will abbreviate this to ATTCI for the remainder of this review, because long title, and I’m lazy, you get the idea…), Kurtagich wove an even crazier, creepier tale than before! But I plan to keep this review pretty vague, because I want you, fellow readers, to go into this without much knowledge or ideas of what you may think you know.
I don’t even know where or how to start explaining how and why I loved this book. Everything is just so… heavy. With a sense of dread. Even the characters are just strange and lost, apathetic at times. The setting is not only eerie, but also beautiful in a way, or in a certain time. Kurtagich does an AMAZING job of providing vivid descriptions of things that seem pulled straight from nightmares. You might feel uncomfortable at times because the atmosphere is so unsettling. And I loved every dreadful second of it.
Being a part of someone’s descent into madness is always a favorite part of books for me (I mean, my favorite book is The Bell Jar…). This book not only descends into madness, it completely unravels on the way down. While this book is scary and eerie and all of that, it is also a surprising story about what a persons inner demons can do to them. ATTCI had so many twists and turns, just unexpected moments that just propelled the story forward. Even though I was able to guess a few little things about the story, I still found myself surprised at so much.
And the Trees Crept In is so much more complex than I imagined it would be. I devoured this book and all of it’s darkness. And it was delicious.
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