Today's post is on And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. It is 355 pages long and is published by Little, Brown Books. The intended reader is someone who is young adult and likes horror. There is some mild foul language, implied sex, and some violence in this book. The story is told from the first person close of the main character Silla with some interludes from the other main characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the dust jacket- Stay away from the woods…
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—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?
Review- An excellent introduction into horror for young adult readers. Kurtagich writes an interesting and creepy story that has all the hallmarks of a horror story without being too adult. She creates an atmosphere of slow dread and a sense of helpless doom but she keeps in mind that age of her intended readers. So we have all the classic horror tropes but tastefully done with a younger audience in mind. I really had a great time with this book, Kurtagich is an excellent writer. Silla is a good narrator, very unreliable and Kurtagich uses that to her fullest. Silla does not know if what she is seeing or thinking is even real anymore and that plays so well with this plot. The twist at the end was just amazing and I really enjoyed seeing it play out to the fullest. If you are a horror fan or want to try some, then give this one a go, you will not be disappointed.
I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.