Review: And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

28449150And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

My rating: / of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal

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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.


I can’t rate this book.

Not because it’s bad or because I’m unbelievably conflicted about it, but for the following reasons:

1) I don’t read horror, and let’s say that at the mention of a giant dead spider found on a bed, there’s nothing else I can do but run.

2) It wouldn’t have been fair I think for me to rate this book, having barely read 10% of it.

It actually isn’t bad at all. It’s interestingly narrated and written and the story made me really curious.

BUT. I couldn’t read further. I just couldn’t. Call me sensitive, but I seriously cannot stand horror. Literally. I’m prone to paranoia when reading a horror book or watching a horror movie. Like, what if there’s a maleficent ghost stalking my shadow?

Yeah… So why did I even bother with this book?

Well, first, I thought I’d be brave, but the truth is, some things never change. AND. I do sometimes read horror books, despite my saying I never do. But they’re more ‘‘creepy’’ than horrorish. Thriller is not a problem at all for me. But disgusting and ugly creatures (e.g. spiders), no thank you.

I’d recommend this book to fans of horror books. IMHO, it’s going to appeal to that kind of audience. As I said, interesting narration and story. I can’t read it, but I wouldn’t mind knowing how it ends, let’s say.

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